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Arno's Convalescent Medical Expenses

Arno's Convalescent Medical Expenses

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I received a double laparotomy (on 2 Nov and 6 Nov 2018 respectively). During the first procedure, they drained 1,5 liters of pus from my organ cavity, but could not find a perforation. My original symptoms persisted until the second laparotomy on 6 November, where they found a perforation caused by diverticulitis. They removed about 15cm of my perforated lower colon, and performed a colostomy on me. (I.e. I have a stoma coming out of my stomach, and will have to wear colostomy bags for the next 6 months.)

During my post-operative recovery, my wound became infected and had to be opened up for disinfection and dressing. What this means to me, post-discharge, is that I will have to return to the hospital day clinic on a minimum of a weekly basis to have my wound dressing changed with special antimicrobial dressings and monitored for further infection. I will also require a skin graft once the wound is healed.

My convalescent period will be spent couch surfing from friend to friend, some of whom have generously offered to let me stay there for a while until I start getting my strength back. In the meantime, however, the transport costs alone promise to be ruinous.

- An estimate based on Uber and Taxify's charges show that getting from Durbanville (where I currently am) to Victoria hospital in Wynberg is likely to cost between R280 and R340, each way, every time I need to go in.
- Add to this the cost of additional medication for pain control; antifungal medicine for oral thrush which I picked up due to the strong intravenous antibiotics administered; and supporting supplements recommended by my treating physicians.
- I have had to buy additional wound dressings, as the state-issued dressing materials are often quite inadequate and don't last.
- I am unable to eat many of my regular foodstuffs due to the increased sensitivity in my alimentary tract, so I have to buy different and often more expensive food in order to get any nutrition into my system. This will be an ongoing expense which is hard to estimate. Obtaining this food is also going to require transport, the cost of which is difficult to estimate on a cumulative basis but is likely to add up quite fast.


  • Dec 30, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Been scarce, but thinking of you. Hope you get on your feet again soon! x" - Anonymous

  • Dec 20, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Happy to help where I can. " - Therusha

  • Dec 20, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "May recovery only become easier, friend. x" - Cathryn

  • Dec 19, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "xx" - kirsten

  • Dec 19, 2018 - USD $ 20.90
  • "Get well soon - Jared" - Jared

  • Dec 19, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Sal elke maand probeer ietsie gee xxx" - Hermione

  • Dec 19, 2018 - USD $ 6.97
  • "Good luck man!" - A nonymous

  • Dec 12, 2018 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Best of luck!" - David

  • Dec 04, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck!" - Megan

  • Dec 03, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Hang in there!" - Rob

  • Dec 01, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "xx" - kirsten

  • Nov 30, 2018 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Heavy days dude. Good luck with the healing." - Duncan

  • Nov 30, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Sorry dude, hope you get better soon." - Elmari

  • Nov 30, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "." - _

  • Nov 29, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery" - Anonymous

  • Nov 29, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Hope you get better soon " - Lara

  • Nov 29, 2018 - USD $ 24.75
  • "Sending you healing thoughts from the city of brotherly love" - Nikki B from the US

  • Nov 29, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Best wishes from a lurker.." - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 6 536.39

Fundraising target

R 10 000.00

Arno Breedt Medical Cause

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This campaign is to raise funds for my post-operative care, medical expenses, and travel costs to see various doctors. I have had several operations with complications, and though I have been discharged, I will be required to see several doctors and attend clinics for my convalescent care.