Help Andrew fight rare disease
- By: Andrew Ross De Witt
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/andrew-de-witt
Andrew De Witt is 26-year-old male, who resides in Kwazulu Natal. On October 24, 2018, Andrew was diagnosed with a very rare disease that he could have never prepared himself for: Transverse Myelitis
So, after losing complete feeling and motion in his arms, hands, and lower body, and being rushed to 3 different hospitals to find the cause of his paralysis, after many cervical and thoracic spine MRI’s, Brain CT, Nerve conduction, EMG and other testing the results showed Andrew had Post Viral Transverse Myelitis (TM): Transverse Myelitis is a rare neurological syndrome. It is an inflammatory disorder of the spinal cord which means that the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells.
Andrew currently needs to receive Stem Cell transplant in order to replace the damaged cells and tissue caused by the rare disease and give Andrew the best chance of recovering.
Unfortunately his Medical Aid does not pay for the procedure to be done, and as many of you know, medical bills pile up very quickly when it comes to medical treatment and Hospital stays and thus we are creating this page where his Family, Friends, Colleague’s and anyone who wishes to Fund Andrew and assist him with the fight against this disease, have the best platform to do so.
His treatment could cost as much as R65 000 per session. Each session will consist of stem cell manipulation at R2200 per treatment (he will need 3), a low-intensity laser at R700 per session ( he will need 10), stem cell treatment at R50 000 and medication at R1 000.
An estimated R100,000 of the target will be needed by the end 2019 in order to start the treatment plan.
These donations will not only save a life but also take the financial burden off Andrew and his family. All funds will go to Andrews medical cost and treatments. This will be monitored and controlled by an independent individual.
You can follow Andrew's progress here.
*Funds raised will be transferred directly to the relevant medical practitioner*