My name is Martha Roux, I am pleading for assistance on behalf of my daughter Jolene Oliphant. At 38 years old with 3 children and one grandchild she has her whole life ahead of her but unfortunately due to COVID the hematologist clinics were not operational which caused her lupus to flare up. This caused major damage to her gastrointestinal tract.
It will appear that many people with lupus have reported difficulty in accessing their healthcare since the pandemic began in March 2020. This was demonstrated in a report by the Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases Alliance (RAIRDA) which found 80% of people with these conditions had experienced a change in their care and 37% said that their ability to manage their condition had been affected as a result. There was an overwhelming sense of ‘abandonment’ during the first lockdown. Whilst this study is looking specifically at the increase in deaths from the pandemic, we know that the impact has been much wider than this. There are many people experiencing prolonged periods ill-health or deterioration of symptoms because of changes to their care.
Resource: - People with lupus are at risk because of the COVID-19 pandemic (lupusuk.org.uk)
On the 31st January 2021 Jolene was admitted to Ngwelezana Hospital in Empangeni, South Africa. Since then she has been in theatre 5 times with appendectomy, puss wash out of the abdomen. Her condition is deteriorating due to the sepsis, weight loss and muscle wasting away. Within this short period of time she is bedridden. Each time she comes out of theatre she has hope and believes that she is going to make a full recovery but unfortunately that is not the case.
Timeline of operations:
31/01/21 – Admitted to Ngwelezana Hospital
02/02/21 – Appendectomy and abdomen washout of puss
03/02/21 – Abdomen washout and right-side hemicolectomy
07/02/21 – Right-side hemicolectomy necrotic had to proceed with left-side hemicolectomy and stomach wash-out
10/02/21 – Would split open because of sepsis. Cleaning of septic laparotomy wound and buildup of puss in pelvic area
17/02/21 – Wash out of the abdomen and cleaning of the septic laparotomy wound
Our desire is to have her transferred to a private hospital to give her the best chance of surviving this. She will require intensive medical treatment, we will appreciate your assistance and no donation is too small. We are afraid that if we do not have her transferred, she is going to lose this battle. It will be devastating if she loses this battle and I did not try everything to help her.