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Help Bianca Ackhurst with Treatment for Guillain-Barré Disease

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My brother's girlfriend, Bianca Ackhurst (22) was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré disease on 03 July 2018. She was admitted to Netcare Clinton Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Alberton after experiencing flu-like symptoms and tingling in her fingers and toes. 

After a few short days Bianca went from the bubbly and energetic personality her family knew, to being completely paralised, relying on a ventilator to breathe. 

Only 1 in about 100000 people get this and unfortunately the severity of her case is very bad. After close examination by Dr. Adri de Kock, Bianca was diagnosed and put on treatment which up to now has accumulated a bill of almost R300 000 as she did not have medical aid.

On the 16 August 2018, Bianca Ackhurst (22) was transferred to the South Rand Rehabilitation Centre in The Hill, Johannesburg to continue her fight against Guillain-Barré Disease, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder that left her paralyzed at the beginning of July.

BIANCA’S CONDITION IS IMPROVING DAILY AND SHE IS AT THE POINT WHERE SHE CAN SIT WITH LITTLE TO NO ASSISTANCE AND CAN STAND UNASSISTED FOR ABOUT 3 SECONDS AT A TIME. SHE REMAINS POSITIVE DESPITE DEALING WITH THIS SOUL DESTROYING ILLNESS ” – SAYS BIANCA’S FATHER, JEFFREY ACKHURST

Bianca currently does about 3 hours of physical, speech and occupational therapy a day. While she is making progress, doctors suggest her recovery could take up to 6 months.

“WHEN I TOOK MY FIRST STEP WITH MY WALKER, I REMINDED MYSELF, THAT YOU HAVE TO KEEP FIGHTING WHEN YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN. I AM DETERMINED TO GET BETTER AND GET MY LIFE BACK” – SAYS BIANCA ACKHURST

Bianca’s treatment has been made possible through generous contributions to her campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. The campaign went live on the 6th of July, shortly after Bianca’s diagnosis and has thus far raised over R108 065.41 with contributions from 165 donors.

“WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO BIANCA’S BACKABUDDY FUND AND FOR THE KINDNESS AND COMPASSION WE RECEIVED AS A FAMILY. YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS HAVE BEEN A PILLAR OF STRENGTH FOR US DURING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME” SAYS JEFFREY

Bianca’s ongoing medical treatment is estimated to cost a further R200 000. And all donations are truly appreciated. 

It is possible to recover , i have seen it first hand. And i have the faith that Bianca will recover in full too, we just need a little help, to give her a fighting chance. 

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Donations

  • Dec 24, 2018 - USD $ 12.68
  • ":) " - Kayleigh

  • Oct 02, 2018 - USD $ 14.79
  • "May the force be with you.... ;o)" - Anon

  • Sep 26, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you all the best. " - Sean Bennett

  • Sep 24, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Stay positive" - Jaap Nieman

  • Sep 21, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Pray for your recovery " - Cindy

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Praying for you, Bianca" - Robyn de Connick

  • Aug 25, 2018 - USD $ 81.40
  • "In lieu of Present for Anna Marie" - Anne Marie Birthday

  • Aug 07, 2018 - R 620.42
  • "The total sales from my track released, keep fighting!! X" - Lloyd Shettle

  • Aug 06, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "I am an elderly man who had the pleasure of experiencing a healthy life and I hope and pray that this little contribution will help towards Biancas medical treatment" - Anonymous

  • Aug 01, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Get well soon. "Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from you." Exodus 23:25" - Anonymous

  • Aug 01, 2018 - R 2 010.00
  • "You are in my thoughts" - Roelof Goosen

  • Jul 30, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Get well soon " - Arlindo

  • Jul 30, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "This will be a distant memory soon and you will enjoy this awesome life we have been blessed with." - Hennie and Shelley Muller

  • Jul 30, 2018 - R 420.00
  • "Wish you a speedy recovery. " - Tersia Ross

  • Jul 29, 2018 - USD $ 15.80
  • "praying for you from the US; you're going to make it. "inch by inch"...or "centimeter by centimeter". " - anonymous

  • Jul 29, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying for your fast recovery! " - Anonymous

  • Jul 29, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for a speedy recovery. " - Monica

  • Jul 26, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Thinking of you all and hope this small donation helps . Kate xx xx" - Kate

  • Jul 26, 2018 - USD $ 26.51
  • "Be strong x (From a friend of Cheryl's)" - Rachel Cartwright

  • Jul 26, 2018 - USD $ 26.50
  • "I remember you as a baby in nappies - get well soon and come visit me in London x" - Candice - London

  • Jul 26, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Stay strong and fight! We believe in you. You are in our prayers" - The Kritzingers

  • Jul 26, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Bianca... I met you once and immediately you took a place in my heart. You are such an awesome person and I've got faith that you will make a full recovery and return home to your loved ones" - Anonymous

  • Jul 26, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." - Anonymous

  • Jul 25, 2018 - USD $ 3.97
  • "Just really wishing the best, hoping my little bit can help." - Anonymous

  • Jul 25, 2018 - USD $ 18.94
  • "Sending love and best wishes for you and your recovery xx" - Ezza

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "get well soon Bianca" - anonymous

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Get well soon. Much Love" - Pat

  • Jul 24, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "I will pray for you" - Anonymous

  • Jul 23, 2018 - R 700.00
  • "Get well soon , sending lots of love to Bookie " - Pamper party donation

  • Jul 21, 2018 - USD $ 6.92
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery xx " - K

  • Jul 20, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "I recovered from GBS. Hang in there. " - Rowland & Ina McDonald

  • Jul 19, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Get well soon, you are in my thoughts and prayers." - Sharon

  • Jul 19, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "I’m sorry for what you’re going through Bianca...I pray your recovery is speedy and your life is filled with the support you need to get through this trying time." - Emely Naidoo

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 680.00
  • "Praying for you." - Anonymous

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "It is so crazy how life can change from one day to the next. Wishing you a quick recovery. This can only make you stronger. " - Anonymous

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Hope recovery is fast " - Anonymous

  • Jul 17, 2018 - USD $ 31.56
  • "I recovered from GBS 6 years ago. God is healing you, nerve by nerve, feel his comfort as your body goes from strength to strength. GBS was the best thing that ever happened to me ? love to you all" - Angie Curtis

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 555.23
  • "Speedy Recovery" - Anonymous

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Get well soon" - Stephan

  • Jul 17, 2018 - USD $ 15.94
  • "Good luck - my wife suffered from an autoimmune illness and nearly five years later is much better but still not fully recovered. " - Phil&JemUK;

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hope you make a full recovery! " - Anonymous

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "I wish you a speedy recovery" - Ryan

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "All the best on your recovery!" - Dan

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "hard work ahead, you can do it" - adre

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you all the best and a full recovery. John and Beryl Ross (Terra Firma)" - John and Beryl Ross

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "A terrible disease but my husband fought it and won. Strength and prayers to you all." - Sally Hetherington

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "You are in our thoughts Bianca.......you keep fighting." - Connor Kinsella

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "May Gods healing be on you! My prayers are with you and your family" - Damon

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Get well soon" - Lionel Whitecross

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 5 141.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery " - Dave & Luschka

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying Gods favour, strength & healing over you. " - Michelle Ferreira

  • Jul 16, 2018 - USD $ 7.93
  • "Good luck Bianca - Stay strong and you will get through this. xxxx" - Helper

  • Jul 16, 2018 - USD $ 15.86
  • "Keeping thumbs" - Whizz Mobile

  • Jul 16, 2018 - USD $ 26.26
  • "Thinking of you. Wishing you strength! Keep going, keep fighting! " - Charmaine

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Exodus 15:26 says" I am the Lord who heals you, God never changes. It is always his will to heal you." - Bianca

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Wishing you a full recovery and a happy life " - Serena Dias de Deus

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "All the best girl. You have so much love and support and prayers behind you" - Debi Dare

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "in recovery with GBS so all my wishes be strong" - Mac McMurdo

  • Jul 16, 2018 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Wishing you strength. " - Arthur Goldstuck

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "Dear Bianca, I am praying for you to have a full recovery. Stay strong!" - AJ

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Praying for your healing" - Nicole

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 30.00
  • "Get Well" - Alicia

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "We are all praying that you get better quickly. Keep the faith" - Anonymous

  • Jul 16, 2018 - USD $ 27.84
  • "With God all things are possible. Matt 19:26. May God peace and comfort be with you all. " - Jess

  • Jul 15, 2018 - USD $ 7.54
  • "God Bless. We wish you a full recovery" - Arthur Beck

  • Jul 13, 2018 - USD $ 31.51
  • "Goodwill" - Anom

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck with recovery!! Hope you’ll be well again soon." - Stacey

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Get well soon" - Anonymous

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 60.00
  • "Get well soon. God bless." - T

  • Jul 12, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Our prayers and thoughts are with you Bianca and your family. Remain positive you will get through this tough time. " - Pimenta family

  • Jul 12, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "May you be covered in the healing blood of Jesus Christ. Amen" - Roxy

  • Jul 12, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "The human spirit can really be a beautiful thing...from the way your friends have rallied around you, I can tell yours is something to behold too. Get Well Soonest :)" - NT

  • Jul 12, 2018 - R 5 010.00
  • "Dear Bianca, You are in the collective thoughts of the Terra Firma Family. We wish you strength during this difficult time. " - Terra Firma Solutions (Pty) Ltd

  • Jul 12, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Get well" - anonymous

  • Jul 11, 2018 - USD $ 105.96
  • "Get well" - Jobet Rivera

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "hang in there" - Walter

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "I had the same illness a year ago, therefore my heart goes out to all the family and friends." - Elize

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you all the strength to get through this difficult time.." - Anonymous

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 50.00
  • "Praying for your and your family." - Paul Moreira

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Praying for you and your family xx" - Anonymous

  • Jul 11, 2018 - USD $ 11.77
  • "Thinking of you and family (Cheryl is a colleague at work in the UK) I hope you have a quick recovery." - John Brownscombe

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Every little bit helps..." - Anonymous

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Get well soon! Strength to the family" - Anonymous

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Hoping you get well soon " - Michaela

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "be strong, this can be beaten." - Milho Family

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 60.00
  • "Get better soon! Xx" - Marinela

  • Jul 11, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Sending healing prayers and love in abundance " - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 91.00
  • "Best wishes " - Jake

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Praying for Gods Healing Hands over Bianca, Amen" - Chad & Kim

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 363.41
  • "I hope this helps you on your way to recovery xxxx" - Shannen

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Stay strong" - Trent

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Speedy recovery and God bless" - Luis

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying for a full recovery" - Julia,Robyn and Christine Price

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for a speedy recovery!" - Sam & Garrett

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "Praying for you" - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2018 - USD $ 156.97
  • "Wishing you guys all the strength in the world for a speedy recovery." - Leigh & Megs

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Get well soon" - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for a speedy recovery" - Philip&chanell;

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Hope you get better soon " - Sim & kev

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "May God be with you and Bless you through this difficult time, wishing you a speedy recovery. " - Chevaun Heslop

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Strength and support " - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Get well soon Bianca" - Louise Vermeulen

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Our prayers are with you and your family " - Meneses family

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Ephesians 6:11" - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "I don’t have much but would love to contribute. Best of wishes for a speedy recovery. And I will be praying for you " - Kelly

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 5 507.30
  • "Angels on your shoulders, sweet girl. Praying for you and yours. " - Tony and Annemarie Wyszkowski

  • Jul 09, 2018 - USD $ 15.63
  • "Get well soon Xx " - Noleen

  • Jul 09, 2018 - USD $ 7.82
  • "I hope she gets the treatment she needs x" - Georgia

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Keep strong! The road ahead is hard but you have love surrounding you. " - Anonymous

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "May God be watching over you and heal you!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "In my prayers xx" - Kirsten

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you all the best" - Charlie

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Get well soon!" - Tamerin

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Get well..." - Teresa Hepburn

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Stay strong" - Anonymous

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "You have amazing friends looking out for you. Thank you Natz for sharing this." - Warren mac Gregor

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Xx" - Tia Martin

  • Jul 09, 2018 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Wishing you a smooth recovery xx" - Riana

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "You’re in my prayers sweet girl!" - Alicia

  • Jul 09, 2018 - USD $ 15.63
  • "Good Luck, get well soon x " - Ricky & Sarah Larbalestier

  • Jul 09, 2018 - USD $ 15.63
  • "??" - Emma G

  • Jul 09, 2018 - USD $ 27.98
  • "Hope she gets well soon " - Lloyd

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you all the best!" - Shelli

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 5 010.00
  • "All our prayers are with you! " - Jaques Family

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 102.82
  • ""Even the darkest night will end and the sun WILL rise..." Sending good juju!" - Gabi

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "God bless!! You in my prayers, you and your family!!" - Heidi Lonte

  • Jul 09, 2018 - USD $ 31.30
  • "Get well soon " - Pauline

  • Jul 08, 2018 - R 357.95
  • "A little something to help" - Sue & Terry Mather

  • Jul 08, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying for your recovery" - Tracy Yates

  • Jul 08, 2018 - R 460.06
  • "Get better soon love from England ??" - Julian

  • Jul 08, 2018 - USD $ 7.76
  • "Stay strong " - Tharious

  • Jul 08, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "I’m sorry it’s not much but I hope it helps ??" - Bernadette

  • Jul 08, 2018 - R 50.00
  • "Wishing you well!" - Janice Watts

  • Jul 08, 2018 - R 300.00
  • "Wishing you well" - Kerry-Lee Seager

  • Jul 08, 2018 - USD $ 77.69
  • "All the very best for a speedy recovery" - Expatboy

  • Jul 07, 2018 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Wishing you a speedy and full recovery" - Gary Rutstein

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Wishing you well, Bianca. " - Kayleigh Maier

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck fighting this Bianca..praying for you..from a friend of Taryn Simpson.." - Brett Harris

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Keep strong " - Alfonso & Daniella

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying for Bianca and family! God Bless xxx " - Lucille McKay

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Blessings and you in our prayers " - Lynne Gaskin

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 150.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery..." - Nicole Tambellini

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers! Hang in there Bianca!" - Christie

  • Jul 07, 2018 - USD $ 74.26
  • "I know about motor neurone diseases... And trust me just like the biokineticist says.. there is recovery.. we hope and pray that you'll get the fund you need Bianca " - Gabriela Paulo

  • Jul 07, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Hoping for a speedy recovery! Stay strong " - Marc

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 205.64
  • ""He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." Isaiah 40:29" - Elm

  • Jul 07, 2018 - USD $ 78.12
  • "Hope you get what you need to get this lovely young girl on her road to recovery." - Stephen Dyer

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "In God we trust" - Ana Guerreiro

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Keep strong beautiful soul.. thinking of you" - Filipe Alves

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Get well soon Binx ! We love you " - Marcia & Willie

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 100.00
  • ""Fear not for I am with you , do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you through difficulties, yes I will help you, yes I will hold you up"" - Anonymous

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "I pray for the best!" - Tanya

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "Praying for you " - Rolando

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Bookie.. Get well soon. I need my partner in crime. ??" - Tinika (Your Tookie)

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying for you?? Love you friendie" - Raquel Cabeleira

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” ??Isaiah? ?53:5? ?KJV?? http://bible.com/1/isa.53.5.kjv" - Marcia

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "All the best for your recovery Bianca xxx" - Gavin & Kay

  • Jul 07, 2018 - USD $ 74.26
  • "I know about motor neurone diseases... And trust me just like the biokineticist says.. there is recovery.. we hope and pray that you'll get the fund you need Bianca " - Gabriela Paulo

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "We love you Bianca. I have faith that you will make a full recovery." - Michelle Spinola

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery!" - Neil & Jay

  • Jul 07, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "You will get through this, God is on your side. My dad had this couple months ago n is still recovering. You will be healed in Jesus name" - Anonymous

  • Jul 06, 2018 - USD $ 139.85
  • "You will beat this!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 06, 2018 - USD $ 155.39
  • "Get better soon honey ?? In my prayers . " - Leanne Roux

  • Jul 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Get better soon!" - Rene Nienaber

  • Jul 06, 2018 - R 5 010.00
  • "Get well" - Warren Olfsen

  • Jul 06, 2018 - USD $ 2.34
  • "Praying for you xxx" - Vivien

  • Jul 06, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "I love you Beacon Tot, keep fighting babe" - Chelly (your cuz)

  • Jul 06, 2018 - USD $ 208.60
  • "We pray and trust in God's.healing over Bianca." - Michelle

  • Jul 06, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Praying! " - Anonymous

  • Jul 06, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep going and don't give up! " - Paul Stenson

  • Jul 06, 2018 - R 2 688.33
  • "Praying for a full recovery for you Bianca. Love you with all our hearts. " - For Bianca

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My brother's girlfriend was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré disease 2 days ago. She is not on a medical aid and is being tranfered to a government hospital for treatment, however they do not have the specialised treatment for this very rare syndrome. Please help us raise the funds to see her and her loved ones through this journey ahead.

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