“Brody Van Der Schyff, a 2-year-old resident from KZN, South Africa, was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease called CHARGE Syndrome when he was just 1.5 months old in 2021. Brody has spent more than 60% of his life in hospital, fighting life-threatening recurring bacterial infections.
Brody was born with a Horseshoe kidney and Grade IV Vesicoureteral. He had multiple surgeries to try prevent infections and UTI’s. Due to Genital abnormalities, Brody underwent Ureteral reimplantation surgery before he was a year old. At the age of 18 months Brody went into Kidney failure and had his Horseshoe kidney separated and received a Left radical nephrectomy in December 2022.
Over the last 7 months Brody had been living in absolute agony with 7 recurring E.COLI infections and multiple skin infections with constant itching and severe abdominal pain! On the 17th of July 2023 he was admitted for 19 days where they discovered he has a cyst on his right kidney, an inguinal hernia, a neurogenic bladder and multiple issues in his spine. After an MRI was done, he was diagnosed with Type II Caudal Regression Syndrome.
His inguinal hernia repair surgery has provisionally been booked for the 19th of August 2023.
We have been told by a Neurosurgeon that Brody would need spinal cord surgery to assist with the tethered cord as he can lose total control of his lower body. We will now first see a pediatric Neurologist to get a better understanding of what is going on in the spine as there are multiple issues to be looked at, and then we will see a Neurosurgeon to discuss what needs to happen and when. Brody will always have a neurogenic bladder, and this can lead to kidney damage. Due to Brody only having 1 precious Horseshoe Kidney, we need to protect his kidney. Brody has no bladder function control. His bladder does not empty out and this is what is causing the requiring Infections! We have been referred to go see a Pediatric Urologist In Umhlanga on the 24th of August to discuss a way forward for the neurogenic bladder.”
Please open your heart and support our fundraiser for Brody by purchasing one of his bracelets, two, or the whole set of three. All proceeds from the “Brody in Charge Bracelets” are donated towards his ongoing treatment, medical care and expenses. Together we CAN make a positive difference!
Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Brody van der Schyff.