I am Pieter Lamprecht from South Africa and I am the father of an amazing Russian son, whom I never met.
Before I tell my story, I want to say what I want to achieve with this fundraising. I want to meet my son, Dilshod. Either he can visit me or I can visit him. Secondly I struggle to pay his fees at medical school to help him qualify as a doctor and I therefore need money to sustain him in medical school.
During May 2018, I received a strange message on Instagram from an 18 year old medical student Dilshod (known as Hearts) whom I also followed. The request was whether I would be his father.
Being a single guy, I objected quite a bit and said I could not. But he persisted and alk this changed my heart soon after listening to his life story. He never knew his father, his brother drowned in a river in Tajikistan near their mountain hut in an impoverished rural area in Tajikistan, dumping his mother in a state of depression, making her incapable to take care of him. I then agreed.
We are extrenely close as father and son and we love each other as if we were blood family. He is a wonderful son with good values, sober habits and he is very religious ( he is Muslim and I am Christian) and we video call often to ensure he and I stay informed of each other's wellbeing.
He showed how much he cares for his mom and others when he went to Moscow during November 2018 to find work to buy medicine for his mother. He found no job, ended up on the street, sleeping in a public toilet. He collapsed from hunger and the flu in the snow and a lady helped him to recover and I bought him a plane ticket to return to Dushanbe in Tajikistan to be reunited with his mother.
Dilshod is a Russian version of Robin Wliams in the movie 'Patch Adams' and he brings joy to patients and staff, especially sick children and old people . He is a bright student and won an olympiad which helped him to get a small room in a hostel at the medical school . Before that he did not have accommodation and squatted wherever he could around the hospital. I helped to also pay for his mother''s treatmebt last year and he slept next to her bed in hospital.
My funds are limited and I struggle to support him. He will still study for 3 years after resuming studies a year ago after about a year where he did not study when his mom was very ill. I also want to meet him and his family and a girl he considers as his future wife who he will marry after qualifying as a doctor. I hope to be a grandfather within a few years from now.
Dilshod is always spreading joy and for that reason people seem to love him very much. He started a Tik Tok page and has more than 330,000 likes already and, he has thousands of followers on Instagram. I think he should be an influencer and try to earn from social media. I don't know how to guide him, as that would ease the pressure on me to pay for everything he needs. He always aays people tbink he looks rich, but yet he is extremely poor and I am also just a soldier in the South African Air Force, who never exoected to have a Russian son.
I would love to meet him and I want to ensure he qualifies as doctor.
Any help will be much appreciated.