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Brian Back on His Feet

Brian Back on His Feet

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We would like to share with you the story of a man named Brian Rothman. Brian is 39, married, lives in Pretoria and is a passionate scientist, who qualified against all odds, with a Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011. But this story actually begins when he was just a 14-year-old boy, which was when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes – it has nothing to do with lifestyle, or lifestyle and health choices – and there is, tragically, no cure.

Even when treated, unfortunately, over time, complications caused by type 1 diabetes can severely affect the body’s major organs, including the heart, eyes and kidneys; amongst others. These complications can be disabling in the extreme, or even life-threatening, as has been the case for Brian.

He has endured a string of life-altering and incapacitating health issues, due to complications. These include eye surgery in 2012 to treat loss of vision due to diabetic eye disease; having to start dialysis treatment for kidney failure in 2013 – he has four (4) Peritoneal Dialysis treatments a day; a below-the-knee leg amputation on his left leg in 2016, due to limb destruction as a result of nerve damage and poor blood circulation; a heart attack in April 2019, after which a pacemaker was fitted to control and maintain his heartbeat; and lastly, the most recent challenge, a below-knee leg amputation of his right leg in June 2019.

Through all of these major life-events, Brian has never asked for help. He has faced every issue, challenge and major procedure with courage, endurance, a fighting-spirit and a great sense of humour. But now, Brian needs help! He needs our help.

The primary need is financial assistance for prosthetics, specifically two (2) prosthetic legs, with ankle joints, to assist with mobility. The cost of the two prosthetic legs is R223 210.00 and the estimated cost for the physiotherapy required for him to learn to walk on the prosthetics is R50 000.00.
In addition, Brian desperately needs a new insulin pump, as the one he currently uses is more than 10 years old and ideally, he needs a unit that monitors his blood sugar level continuously and automatically administers the correct amount of insulin. The cost of this insulin pump is R65 000.00.

Brian being Brian, he is eager to get back to living his life to the fullest and resuming work. In order for him to do that, he will need to be able to drive, which means a modification to his vehicle so that it can be driven by hand control only. This would cost R11 000.00.

And the list goes on – in addition to the mounting medical bills Brian and his amazing wife, Phenice, have to pay (currently R35 000.00 outstanding) – and includes wheelchair access to and into their home, estimated at around R40 000.00 and a bathroom modification to accommodate Brian’s requirements, to the value of R40 000.00.

Brian has endured so much and having his mobility restored through the provision of prosthetic legs would quite literally mean the world to him and to his wife and family. He has so much life still to live and hope to give to others that face or will face, similar challenges.

We would be beyond grateful for any assistance that could be given towards the financial needs detailed above, amounting currently to R514 000.00 and our hearts are filled with hope that the greater Pretoria and South African community will come together to assist and support Brian so that we can ensure that his story has the happiest ending possible.

Brian needs the legs as soon as possible in order to get back to work. The insulin pump is also a priority within a few months and renovating the house (bathroom) can happen in the near future as it is difficult for him to manage currently but he is resilient

Funds raised will be used for:
2 x Prosthetic legs and movable ankles is R 223 210.00
Physiotherapy to learn to walk is R 50 000.00
Adapting the car is R 11 000.00
Insulin Pump is R 65 000.00
Outstanding medical expenses is R 35 000.00
Wheelchair access to house is R 40 000.00
Adapting bathroom for disabled use is R 40 000.00

Bath Lift R38 000.00

These are estimated as not all quotes and medical bills have been received to date

Walking again is one of the biggest dreams i have yet most take it for granted. Being able to stand and drive again will allow me to gain independence, something I have lost with both my legs. The burden of all these financial responsibilities is making me and my family stress due to the high cost of medical care. These are not nice to have donations, but a necessity and to ensure a quality of life

Money for the legs and physio will go to PDM Incorporated prosthetic
Money for the Insulin pump will go to the manufacturer, Medtronic
Money for adapting car, construction to get wheelchair access to the house and adapting of the bathroom will be paid to appointed contractors.


  • Oct 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Strongs Brian. Matthew 19:26" - Stephen Ferreira Teixeira

  • Oct 07, 2019 - R 10 010.00
  • "TVB knows you will be operating as per normal soon; you are a fighter; you never give up!" - The Vaccine Bureau collection

  • Sep 17, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Just Keep Believing! You are such an inspiration to us all. You will be walking again soon ! " - The McLeary’s

  • Sep 16, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Never stop believing - You are a great inspiration" - Kleynhans

  • Sep 15, 2019 - USD $ 17.15
  • "Good wishes" - Sandra

  • Sep 14, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Good Luck Dude" - Michael Wendels

  • Sep 13, 2019 - R 2 500.00
  • "Get well soon buddy" - Francois

  • Sep 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best. Never give up!" - George Serradinho

  • Sep 06, 2019 - R 360.00
  • "All the love xx Caitlin " - Caitlin

  • Sep 03, 2019 - R 5 010.00
  • "Get well soon!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 30, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Brian we think of you and pray that you will soon be able to walk again. Best wishes from The Netherlands.Lizi" - Lizinda

  • Aug 27, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Your gonna be good!" - Rolene kinnear

  • Aug 25, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "never give up buddy!" - 17th

  • Aug 22, 2019 - R 2 500.00
  • "Something to get you going" - Francois

  • Aug 20, 2019 - USD $ 64.78
  • "I'm sorry you're going through this Brian. I hope this little bit helps. Lots of love, Orlagh" - Orlagh Muldoon

  • Aug 19, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Be Blessed, hope to see you back on your feet soon, and always keep that smile! " - Anonymous

  • Aug 18, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "All the best.... stay strong...." - Stephanie

  • Aug 18, 2019 - R 4 112.80
  • "Good Luck!! Hope you start walking soon." - Maria

  • Aug 18, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "God bless, Brian. " - Anonymous

  • Aug 17, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for you" - Anonymous

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Prayers for this campaign to reach the target asap and for Brian ongoing. You go Brian!" - Wild Side Creative

  • Aug 15, 2019 - USD $ 324.31
  • "Get walking soon!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 15, 2019 - R 5 075.00
  • "Hope to see you up and walking in no time! " - Susan Hood

  • Aug 15, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Best of luck Brian. Keep on fighting" - Richard L

  • Aug 15, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Good luck and God Bless" - Provision-Sa

  • Aug 15, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "You are unbelievably strong! Praying for you and Phenice" - Michelle

  • Aug 14, 2019 - USD $ 12.23
  • "Speedy recovery to you x" - Vicky williams

  • Aug 14, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Wishing you the best of luck.. " - Celeste

  • Aug 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck getting the medical help you need" - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 71 485.10

Fundraising target

R 232 000.00

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Brian needs the legs as soon as possible in order to get back to work. The insulin pump is also a priority within a few months and renovating the house (bathroom) can happen in the near future as it is difficult for him to manage currently but he is resilient.