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Bone Marrow Transplant for Raqeeb

Bone Marrow Transplant for Raqeeb

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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.

First Love Clothing have agreed to donate 46 Hoodies to Raqeeb's cause. Hoodies will retail at R400 and all profits will be donated to Raqeeb. Find out more via their Facebook page here.

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Name Comment Date Amount
naeema MAy Allah Grant Raqeeb his health - Inshallah Oct 31, 2017 R 205.64
Bennetts Baby Products Wishing Raqeeb and his family strength and love during this difficult journey. Aug 24, 2017 R 6 000.00
Lilla good luck little one Aug 10, 2017 R 510.00
Tamaryn Tough times don't last, but tough people do! Aug 04, 2017 R 100.00
Dassie & Raoullie Good luck Kiddo, God speed and keep strong! Jul 28, 2017 R 51.41
Mubinah Soopee May Allah give you shifa Jul 28, 2017 R 300.00
Merchant Factors With Love For Raqeeb Jul 03, 2017 R 1 100.00
zakaah May Allah grant you shifaa and a long blessed life. ameen Jun 22, 2017 R 1 500.00
Sylvie and Ben Good luck Raqeeb Jun 07, 2017 R 514.10
Clive McGuire Such a brave chap. Wishing you all the best Jun 07, 2017 R 500.00
Lawrence Lenko Get well for your Mom... Best wishes.. :) Jun 06, 2017 R 514.10
Love you endlessly May Allah grant complete Shi-faa to Raqeeb and keep the family strong. You always in our duas. Lots of hugs & kisses!!!! Jun 05, 2017 R 206.00
Love you endlessly May Allah grant complete Shi-faa to Raqeeb and keep the family strong. You always in our duas. Lots of hugs & kisses!!!! Jun 05, 2017 R 206.00
Kelly Please let me know how one registers to be a bone marrow donar Jun 03, 2017 R 205.64
Pio G All the best for the future Raqeeb Jun 02, 2017 R 110.00
Tanya Chetty What a beautiful boy. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Jun 02, 2017 R 260.00
Anon May Allah protect your son Insha Allah Jun 02, 2017 R 110.00
Annette van der Merwe My God always be with you Raqeeb Jun 02, 2017 R 200.00
Katie Green Your mom loves you Jun 02, 2017 R 200.00
Grant B Our prayers are with you Jun 02, 2017 R 205.64
Caron I hope that all goes well and all the treatments work. Good luck and all our love (I am sorry that I cannot donate more) Jun 01, 2017 R 102.82
Williams Hunt Donation for Raqeeb Palm from Williams Hunt Bellville Jun 01, 2017 R 1 000.00
Anonymous All the best May 30, 2017 R 210.00
TG may the Almighty grant him shifaa inshAllah May 30, 2017 R 500.00
Jenelle Naude God bless u my baby, you will get through this, be strong, be kind, be courageous May 29, 2017 USD $ 7.74
Alain J Good luck May 29, 2017 R 1 010.00
Anonymous Allah SWA knows best May 29, 2017 R 100.00
Love you endlessly May Allah grant complete Shi-faa to Raqeeb and keep the family strong. You always in our duas. Lots of hugs & kisses!!!! May 28, 2017 R 205.64
Craig & Heather All the best Raqeeb. We are praying for your full restoration May 26, 2017 R 2 570.50
Anonymous may Allah restore your health baby boy Inshallah May 26, 2017 R 102.82
Donation May the Almighty grant you good health my boy In Sha Allah Ameen May 25, 2017 R 205.64
Anonymous Good luck May 25, 2017 R 100.00
Necotrans SA May God be with you and your family. Trusting that everything will work out for Raqeeb. May 25, 2017 R 2 000.00
Nuraan Our duahs and thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery IA May 25, 2017 R 500.00
Melissa Brown I wish you all the very best Raqeeb and may you be healed in the Lord's name xx May 25, 2017 R 110.00
Anonymous Best of Luck May 25, 2017 R 500.00
MICHELLE You are in my prayers :-) May 25, 2017 R 205.64
Anonymous May the Almight grant your son complete Shifaa In Shaa Allah. I make dua that you find a donor In Shaa Allah May 25, 2017 R 205.64
Michelle God bless you and you are in my prayers. May 25, 2017 R 102.82
Zureena Wishing you a full recovery. You are in my duahs little angle. xx May 25, 2017 R 205.64
Jayna I will make a dua for you... Remember, Allah SWT gives the hardest test to his best pupils :) May 25, 2017 R 51.41
Lameez MArtin Hope he gets better soon Insha allah <3 May 25, 2017 R 100.00
Anonymous Allah s.w.t grant him shifa and keep you strong. May 25, 2017 R 205.64
Shireen Ariefdien Get well soon baby. Hugs.xoxo May 25, 2017 R 110.00
Canaan From my 4 year old to yours... May God protect him every step of the way May 25, 2017 R 110.00
Roxanne Bianca Get well soon. you're in my thoughts and prayers May 25, 2017 R 210.00
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
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
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Donations to date

R 117 361.37

Fundraising target

R 200 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 60 000.00

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My 3 year old son Raqeeb has been diagnosed with Aplastic Aneamia and needs a bone marrow transplant.