Our down syndrome warrior

Fundraising campaign by Chiquita Van Staden
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RAISING FUNDS FOR ERICH 💙

Personal note for a first time mom

A story of down syndrome, motherhood and self discovery

Our son Erich Frederik Alfred was born prematurely at 36 weeks in Pretoria West hospital on 25th of March 2021 💙

Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. Extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks) very preterm (28 to 32 weeks) moderate to late preterm (32 to 37 weeks)

NICU babies are the survivors. They show us the power of faith and prayer and the human spirit.

We spent 14 days in Kalafong hospital of which 6 was in NICU. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome and still needs check ups and medical attention. Due to travel bans and lock downs I wasn't working most of last year and don't have medical insurance. He is still having difficulty to breath and feeding and I want to raise funds to get private medical help for him and have funds for future needs as I realize it's going to be a tough road ahead which I didn't plan for. I have managed to take him to a private pediatrician with the help of family and friends helping with funds, as I don't want to go back to the state hospital. After more than 2 weeks in not the most favorable circumstances in Kalafong hospital and after long days with him at home I think it was like 2am in the morning and asking the Generisits what to do, she says go to the hospital or get help, they need to check his breathing. I don't want to be admitted to that hospital again, so I posted a request on Facebook and was helped by many who opened their hearts. Although I don't want to end up with my little man in the state hospital again I want to shout out a big thank you to all the doctors and nurses and other mothers at both Pretoria West and Kalafong. 2020 and even this year has been really tough and it's not easy to say you need financial help. Asking for help makes me feel uneasy because it requires surrendering control to someone else but I don't have a lot and really need your help.

Thanking everyone in advance for their prayers, blessings and support from myself, his dad Jan Wojtech and my family.

Blessings to all from a mom in desperate need of help

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Donors

  • Roger Wilson
  • Donated on Dec 15, 2021
  • Keep your spirits up.. you have a lot of friends that care for you both xx

R500.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 15, 2021
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  • CARINA MUNTHE KAAS
  • Donated on Aug 20, 2021
R1000.00
Apr 16

1 year old

Update posted by Chiquita Van Staden at 06:09 pm

Between moving back to Pretoria to go back to work after the pandemic and long extended leave for Erich's health and moving to the Karoo. Erich has recently turned one and we were blessed to celebrate with family and friends. During the last couple of weeks I have also become. . . . .

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Dec 15

Karoo life

Update posted by Chiquita Van Staden at 05:44 pm

We moved to the klein karoo and Erich is doing well health wise. We have to travel to the town of George on Friday to see the cardiologist. Hoping for good news. I have not returned to work and we live day to day with the help from family and

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Aug 11

Urgently need to get Erich to ICU

Update posted by Chiquita Van Staden at 04:38 am

Erich started to get flu like symptoms a while back. I took him to the pediatrician at Kalafong hospital last week Tuesday, she said his ok, went home, gave some meds. By Friday he did not look good, stopped feeding and was breathing difficult. Rush to the pediatrician at Femina. . . . .

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Jun 06

Milestones

Update posted by Chiquita Van Staden at 09:31 am

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Donors & Comments

18 donors
  • Roger Wilson
  • Donated on Dec 15, 2021
  • Keep your spirits up.. you have a lot of friends that care for you both xx

R500.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 15, 2021
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  • CARINA MUNTHE KAAS
  • Donated on Aug 20, 2021
R1000.00
  • rebecca Reynolds
  • Donated on Aug 13, 2021
  • praying for your son and family during this very difficult time Jan x

R200.00
R1105.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Aug 11, 2021
  • Vielleicht können wir ja ein wenig helfen. Astrid und Johannes

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  • J M
  • Donated on Aug 11, 2021
R500.00
  • Simone Sharpe
  • Donated on Aug 11, 2021
R150.00
  • Flo Hauck
  • Donated on Aug 11, 2021
R300.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Aug 11, 2021
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