Ruhandre Opperman was born at 24 weeks on 4 November 2020 as a micro prem baby who weighed 684g and was 31.5cm tall. He was immediately taken to NICU where he was put on the ventilator for oxygen. The next day they tried to insert a feeding tube for his milk but it was not successful. Doctors then diagnosed him with Esophageal Atresia – a defect where the esophagus (swallowing tube) do not connected to the stomach. Because of this, Ruhandre received nutrition through a drip for the entire month and did not gain any weight.
They said he was going to have to be transferred to Alberton, where he would then undergo surgery to repair it. He was transferred to Clinton Netcare Hospital on the 3rd of December. When he got there his oxygen dropped drastically and they had to support him with artificial respiration. The Dr then determined that he was misdiagnosed and the same evening they managed to get the feeding tube into his stomach. The doctor took x-rays of his lungs and saw that it was very badly damaged and that Ruhandre also had infection in the lungs.
Ruhandre was on the ventilator for the rest of December because he was diagnosed with chronic lungs and still weighed only 700g. They had to systematically stimulate his stomach so that it could get used to the milk. There were times they had to stop for up to 5 days because his stomach was aspirating and the milk was not being digested. Due to the fact that he did not get milk for the first 4 weeks, he did not grow anything and neither did his lungs.
With a lot of medication, blood transfusions and prayer he is weighing 1,176kg already after 9 weeks, and he receives 18ml of milk every 3 hours. His oxygen level is also much better and he is currently on the nasal cannula for oxygen, and completely off the ventilator.
Baby Ruhandre is truly an angel. He fights all the way and is getting better every day. His stay in the hospital is unfortunately going to be for a very long period because he is still so small and very ill.
With all the blood tests etc. his parents have received a few heavy bills that no one can pay at once. They are trying to negotiate at the moment but it is going to be difficult and they will accept any and all donations to help them financially.
Please open your heart and support our fundraising initiative – all proceeds are donated towards Ruhandre`s ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we can change the world, one bracelet at a time!
Fundraising for Ruhandre Opperman
Forever in Faith BraceletsR35.00
The “Forever in Faith” Bracelets for Ruhandre consist of turquoise wooden beads with crystals, silver and diamante fillers. Charm options: Diamante Infinity / Faith / Hope.
To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.
Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. Please remember to use “Ruhandre Opperman” as reference.