Bone Marrow Transplant for Raqeeb
- By: Zaida Palm
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/bone-marrow-transplant-for-raqeeb
My son Raqeeb was diagnosed with Aplastic Aneamia in October 2016, at just three years old.
After noticing unusual bruising on his body I had the doctors run a few tests to find out the root of the problem, the results from the blood test shocked the lab technicians so much so that they re-did the test to make sure there wasn’t an error.
To our dismay, the initial lab results were correct, confirming my fears as a mother, that something was indeed terribly wrong with my little boy.
After a placelets transfusion and 2 bone marrow biopsys over a 2 month period, we received the prognosis that would alter our reality indefinitely; at just 3 years old Raqeeb was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia (Bone Marrow Failure).
It was explained to me that my son’s placelets were only 6 units, whereas 120 units is the minimum required. I was told that my son’s bloodstream was operating at only 20% capacity and that he essentially isn’t making enough blood to survive.
We were advised that a bone marrow transplant is our best option to save my son’s life, only to be informed by the South African Bone Marrow Registry that there is unfortunately no match for my son in South Africa and that we would have to investigate international donors, which our medical aid refuses to cover.
This is the road that lead us to crowdfunding with Backabuddy, it’s been a difficult journey thus far, and although there’s been obstacles around every corner, my son has kept me positive and he’s given me the strength to fight for him with everything I have.
He greets life with a smile every morning and is the joker of our household; he spreads laugher and love wherever he goes. He’s shown me what true bravery is and he’s given me hope when I’ve felt powerless to help him.
Offline Funds Raised
On the 22 April 2017, we were lucky to have raised R60 000 by hosting a car show for Raqeeb. We would like to thank our community for their undying support and for contributing to Raqeeb's campaign in such a big way!
Please support our campaign to save my son’s life. He has so many things to learn and so many experiences still to have.
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|BRS northpine||Get well soon Champ!||May 25, 2017||R 500.00|
|Jude||Get well soon!||May 24, 2017||USD $ 8.03|
|Lyndsay||Get better for your mom||May 24, 2017||R 1 028.20|
|Anonymous||May ALLAH (swt) grant him complete Shifa Aameen||May 24, 2017||R 205.64|
|Anonymous||Get well soon angel||May 24, 2017||R 205.64|
|Rene Kannemeyer||Best wishes||May 24, 2017||R 102.82|
|Catherine||I hope you find what you are looking for! thinking of your family||May 24, 2017||R 205.64|
|Stirling Recruitment||Praying for a speedy Recovery my boy!||May 24, 2017||USD $ 160.46|
|Justine Thompson||All the best for your son||May 24, 2017||R 5 141.00|
|Anonymous||Get well soon! We are all rooting for you.||May 24, 2017||R 210.00|
|Mishka Daniels||May Allah SWT grant you shifaa In sha Allah.||May 24, 2017||R 205.64|
|Tahlia & Declan||May God provide you with a miracle. We pray for your son's recovery.||May 24, 2017||R 110.00|
|Nuraan||May the Almighty make it easy for Inshallah, will keep Raqeeb in my duahs||May 24, 2017||R 205.64|
|Anonymous||A parent knows no pain that the suffering of a child....all parents help with what you can!!||May 24, 2017||R 3 084.60|
|Tino Garcia||All the very best for the little guy!||May 24, 2017||R 514.10|
|Jonathan||Get well Raqeeb||May 23, 2017||R 500.00|
|Anonymous||Just remember it is a test from Allah. May Allah grant complete shifa.||May 23, 2017||R 500.00|
|Alice||.||May 23, 2017||R 100.00|
|Reg||May the good Lord be with you to help your recovery||May 23, 2017||R 1 000.00|
|Anonymous||Best wishes.||May 22, 2017||R 10 282.00|
|Fowzia||I hope that he finds a transplant in sha Allah.||May 22, 2017||R 102.82|
|Nadia||I pray that you find a match!||May 22, 2017||R 200.00|
|Anonymous||Hope it all goes well.||May 22, 2017||R 1 010.00|
|Tim Rolston||No child should suffer because of lack of funds for medical treatment||May 22, 2017||R 510.00|
|Anon||Jesus is with you||May 22, 2017||R 500.00|
|Marcelle||Wishing you all the best. But most of all that you find a donor||May 20, 2017||R 514.10|
|TracyinSA||Blessings to you, your son and family. I hope the loving hearts of the people in SA will help you reach your goal. Hugs||May 20, 2017||R 514.10|
|Michelle||A beautiful boy. Hoping with you||May 20, 2017||R 308.46|
|Leon||"||May 20, 2017||R 100.00|
|Emile van Rooyen||Hope to hear a good story soon. May everything work out well.||May 20, 2017||R 102.82|
|Daniel||And Jesus said "let the children come to me..." my God bless you and your son||May 20, 2017||R 102.82|
|Samara Mahomed Seitz||Love and Duas from Abu Dhabi||May 19, 2017||USD $ 9.85|
|Charity||God bless u.||May 19, 2017||R 102.82|
|Nicola Marsh||I hope your beautiful boy gets the help he needs and is back out in the sunshine soon xxx||May 19, 2017||R 205.64|
|Van Oordt's||Allah grant him and others complete recovery from their illness||May 17, 2017||USD $ 24.50|
|Najuwah Steenveld||MAY ALLAH (SWA) GRANT U complete SHIFAA &U ALL OTHER SICK PL IN HOSPITAL OR AT HOME &I ALSO GRANT THE PARENTS ALL THE SABR IA||May 16, 2017||R 200.00|
|Anonymous||May Allah grant you and all those who are ill especially our children shifaa inshaAllah.||May 15, 2017||R 2 000.00|
|Tina Cupido||Praying for you little boy||May 15, 2017||R 200.00|
|Catherine||Thinking of you all||May 12, 2017||R 102.82|