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Help Courtney with a life changing Operation

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Hi, I am Barbara Laubscher,and I am from KwaZulu-Natal,Durban.

I am Courtney's mom and I am unable to describe or put into words the nightmare we have been through this past year. No mother should have to watch her child suffer so much. The feeling of being so helpless is excruciating. I will never stop fighting for my daughter and I pray that mothers and fathers who know my pain, our friends and family and anyone who reads this that can resonate will find it in your hearts to help us. 

Courtney is 26 years old and has spent the better part of the past year in the hospital. She is Diabetic type 1 with chronic gastroparesis- which is a debilitating disease that causes paralysis of the stomach. In essence, she battles to digest food and as a result suffers severe stomach pains, nausea and vomiting. She currently lies in Hillcrest Hospital waiting for a life-changing operation (gastric pacemaker) that medical aid will not authorize. We know with your support we can raise these funds and give Courtney back her life so she can come home to her family.

Courtney is a young mom to a beautiful 6-year-old daughter who is also special needs and desperately needs her mother. 

Courtney is not able to get through a day without suffering and is unable to function normally as she is always sick, weak, dizzy, nauseous, vomiting, and in pain and the psychological effects have placed her in a very dark place where she has said she does not want to die but she does not want to live like this.

She is barely able to get through a few days without having to go back to the hospital as she becomes too weak, dehydrated and malnourished from the constant vomiting. Currently, she will stay in the hospital until she gets this operation as trying to leave so she can be with her daughter ends up with her being admitted back into the hospital. 

Her daughter Mila-Grace has down syndrome and doesn't understand why her mother can't come home. She is also suffering so much and misses her mom every day.  

The funds raised will be used to pay for the gastric pacemaker, anesthetist, specialist surgeon, theatre and drug expenses and hospital stay to recover (5 days provided for)

The total amount being (estimated) R194 033.89

We have rounded it off to R200 000 to provide for follow up consultations or should any other unexpected fee arise from complications. 

HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE GASTRIC PACEMAKER?
Abell et al (2002) performed GES in 33 patients with intractable gastroparesis. Patients were assessed 3, 5 and 12 months following permanent implantation. These researchers reported that 97 percent of patients experienced a greater than 80percent reduction in nausea and vomiting.

All funds raised will be paid directly to the Hospital. 

Donations

  • Jul 12, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "To get you to your target" - Angus family

  • Jul 10, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "May you be well!" - Leisel

  • Jul 07, 2022 - USD $ 2 201.32
  • "With much love always. You've got this my girl. Love and miss you so much." - Charmaine and Rui

  • Jul 05, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    You've got this BRAVE GIRL

    " - Mandy Buss

  • Jul 05, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Weet jy gaan gesond raak

    " - Santie

  • Jul 05, 2022 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Best wishes" - Anon

  • Jul 04, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy and successful recovery! " - Louis

  • Jul 04, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery so that you can be back with your little girl soon. " - Kim

  • Jul 04, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you, you will get through this x" - Candice Hall

  • Jul 03, 2022 - USD $ 13.14
  • "Wishing you well." - Rhi

  • Jul 03, 2022 - USD $ 65.68
  • "get well soon" - Anon

  • Jul 03, 2022 - USD $ 13.14
  • "I hope you reach your target and are much better soon x" - Jill saffa mom

  • Jul 03, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "." - S

  • Jul 02, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "With love from the Joburg family" - Lynette and Janine

  • Jul 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Stay Strong" - John boy & Natalie

  • Jun 28, 2022 - USD $ 73.42
  • "I hope this helps get the funds you need, sending huge hugs to you all xx" - Robynne Hayes

  • Jun 24, 2022 - USD $ 135.28
  • "Get well my angel, we send all our love and energy to you. Mwah!" - Aga & Jay

  • Jun 23, 2022 - R 1 170.16
  • "Blessings" - Diane

  • Jun 22, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you everything of the best that you will get this op & recover well & quickly " - Michelle Eatwell

  • Jun 22, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending love and prayers " - Debbie Mitchell

  • Jun 22, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Best wishes to Courtney, May God's grace and healing surround her, and may her surgical procedure be a success.

    " - Cheryl Whittaker - Empangeni

  • Jun 22, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery " - Anonymous

  • Jun 21, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "God bless you with a quick recovery " - Anonymous

  • Jun 21, 2022 - USD $ 38.40
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery! Thinking of you and your family." - Michaela Menezes

  • Jun 21, 2022 - USD $ 13.47
  • "blessings" - Karin Els

  • Jun 21, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for you" - Antionette Le Roux

  • Jun 20, 2022 - R 400.00
  • "God bless you Courtney with healing and wholeness " - Eileen Cruise

  • Jun 19, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Well wishes " - Wendy Hill

  • Jun 18, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "We pray for a successful operation, and for a full and complete recovery." - Mike & Anava Breytenbach

  • Jun 17, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "I hope you get the op you need to make you well again " - Jacqui Mooney

  • Jun 17, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    In God we Trust.......get better soon!!

    " - Heide Marie Bloy

  • Jun 16, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Get well soon. God is with you ️ " - Nokuthula

  • Jun 15, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Best wishes for your operation Courtney " - Graeme

  • Jun 15, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Praying for your healing

    " - Anonymous

  • Jun 15, 2022 - USD $ 26.98
  • "God Bless " - Irene

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Hope you reach your goal quickly " - Molly

  • Jun 14, 2022 - USD $ 30.97
  • "Pray that you get completely well very soon." - Salome

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the very best Courtney" - Margaret

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for a painless,speedy recovery- Girlie" - Girlie

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Sending light and love

    " - Jenny

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 150.00
  • "

    Praying for healing

    " - Nicola Wentink

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Keep smiling

    " - Gareth and Rochelle

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for you " - Leona Austin

  • Jun 14, 2022 - USD $ 61.94
  • "Get better soon. Every girl needs her mommy! 7" - Dayne van Wyk

  • Jun 14, 2022 - USD $ 31.44
  • "I hope this op can be done asap" - lorna riley

  • Jun 13, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "Praying for your speedy recovery " - Jill Brown

  • Jun 13, 2022 - USD $ 13.59
  • "I hope we can reach the amount that you need, may the Lord be with always " - Faye

  • Jun 13, 2022 - USD $ 12.58
  • "League of our own " - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thinking of you " - Karen Duncan

  • Jun 13, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love and help in any way we can" - Karen

  • Jun 13, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hope this can help" - Patrick

  • Jun 13, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Thinking of you" - Carol

  • Jun 13, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for a successful operation " - Belinda Dolphin

  • Jun 13, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Be brave... Be strong... You are loved... " - Sonia Koenig

  • Jun 11, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "Praying for you!" - Kylie

  • Jun 10, 2022 - USD $ 34.88
  • "God bless you" - Daniela

  • Jun 10, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Get Better soon Courtz" - Owens

  • Jun 10, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "We are thinking of you all, and Praying for you all xxx (Jer29:11 says For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future)" - Mike, Chantel & Grayson

  • Jun 09, 2022 - USD $ 88.88
  • "Sending all my love xx" - Catherine Hutchinson

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Best Wishes " - Xxxx

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you luck from the clan" - Smurfs Family

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "I hope you get all the help you need Courtney, praying for you! " - Anneke Diedericks

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sending lots of love xx " - Sarah Shipley

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 150.00
  • "

    Sending strength

    " - Anonymous

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    You are in my prayers & thoughts

    " - W

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Psalm 121. Praying for breakthrough. You've got this Courtney.

    " - Lou-Ann

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Wishing a speedy recovery - Pieter you and your family are in my thoughts.

    " - Miles Turner

  • Jun 08, 2022 - USD $ 7.02
  • "God's grace to you Courtney" - Karin Dolk-Els

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "Get well soon Courtney. God bless" - Dees

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery… sending love and prayers " - Diane Martin

  • Jun 07, 2022 - USD $ 74.36
  • "Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery " - Nikki & Matt

  • Jun 07, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "All the best with the operation Courtney, wishing you a speedy recovery" - Natascha Kretzel

  • Jun 07, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Barbara , you are such a selfless , giving person. Praying that all the help and blessings come your way to heal your child. Keeping your family in our prayer." - Pam

  • Jun 07, 2022 - USD $ 69.88
  • "Wishing you all the best, hope you get surgery soon." - Anonymous

  • Jun 07, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Wishing you all the best Courts! You are in my thoughts.

    " - Carla Botha

  • Jun 07, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "Hoping you can have this Op ASAP and get your life back! Sending you and your family big hugs!" - Heather

  • Jun 07, 2022 - USD $ 27.01
  • "We are praying for healing" - Nan

  • Jun 07, 2022 - USD $ 26.87
  • "Thinking of you " - Isobel

  • Jun 06, 2022 - USD $ 19.29
  • "Thinking of you x" - Shoun and Justine VW

  • Jun 06, 2022 - USD $ 34.75
  • "Jeremiah 29:11" - Anonymous

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Hang in there Courts! xx" - Demi and Justin

  • Jun 06, 2022 - USD $ 24.32
  • "X" - Anonymous

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all that you have done for all the charities you took under your wing. This is just a little something to show our appreciation. All the best and a speedy recovery to Courtney. " - Durbaknights Ice Hockey Club

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You got this !" - Chris

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10" - Romaine Baker

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Love you Court's <3 " - A

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing the family all the best" - Ann

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing the family all the best" - Sharon

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the very best" - Noelene Feldon

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Sending lots of love and prayers. Love Karl and Mariëtte " - Karl and Mariette

  • Jun 06, 2022 - USD $ 128.62
  • "Sending best wishes for a successful operation and recovery." - Caz Marincowitz

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 10 000.00
  • "Hope you will get better soon" - Werner Kuhn

  • Jun 06, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Get well soon, best wishes

    " - Nicoleen Hayton

  • Jun 06, 2022 - USD $ 69.49
  • "May God heal you and give you the strength to get through this. You can do it " - Lynn

  • Jun 04, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You have got this Courts, be positive, cant wait to see you fit and healthy again xxx" - Yvette

  • Jun 04, 2022 - USD $ 64.34
  • "Wishing you total healing and sending love xox" - Hannah Swann

  • Jun 04, 2022 - R 500.00
  • ""For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds", says the Lord - Jeremiah 30:17" - Anonymous

  • Jun 04, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." - Zwakele Dumakude

  • Jun 03, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "May the Lord Jesus, who is able to do all things, provide for you and heal you" - Anonymous

  • Jun 03, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Praying you get well soon Courtney!" - Susan Young

  • Jun 03, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thinking of you and Mila! Stay strong, Courtney xx" - Tiffany

  • Jun 03, 2022 - R 200.00
  • ""So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."" - Tammy

  • Jun 03, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "I god we trust, get well Courtney" - Edna and Louis

  • Jun 03, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for your complete healing. " - Bernadette

  • Jun 02, 2022 - USD $ 19.24
  • "Get better soon. Love Mrs Price - Ben Pine" - Kerry Price

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Thoughts & Prayers " - Anonymous

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Stay strong Courtney! You've got this! " - Megan Smillie

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the best, Courtney. X" - Anastasia lite

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing all the best. Hope you are home with your family soon" - Anonymous

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Hope you reach the required amount in no time and get better soon! " - Nikita & Barend

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "In our Prayers for succesful surgery and full recovery!" - Pierre

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Get well

    " - Duncan

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 185.10
  • "

    Lots of Love Court's. We know u got this.

    " - Anonymous

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You’ve got this, Courts xx " - Robyn

  • Jun 01, 2022 - USD $ 54.03
  • "Wishing you all of the best" - Adelle Bonnet

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sending loads of love to you Courts. Pray you can get the op you need quickly! " - Jenna Padoa

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hope this nightmare journey is over soon " - Jenny Vaughan

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "May God bless you and this operation." - Scott

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "I wish Courtney a speedy recovery " - Jayshree Govender

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "

    Sending love

    " - Deborah and Clifford McClure

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Praying for you

    " - Jan

  • Jun 01, 2022 - USD $ 118.84
  • "." - Jolene

  • Jun 01, 2022 - USD $ 139.48
  • "Good luck Courtney!" - Stella

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the best Courtney!" - Mike Breit

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Sterkte!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Stay strong!!" - Tom

  • May 31, 2022 - USD $ 34.87
  • "Praying for you and for a full recovery so you can go home and be with your little girl and family. Much love and healthy wishes from a Botswana xx" - St Q’s

  • May 31, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you " - Wendy

  • May 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Pieter en familie - ons dink aan julle in die moeilike tyd en bid dat Courtney vinnig haar operasie sal kry..." - Monica & Eugene

  • May 31, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Praying all goes well." - Malcolm Creed

  • May 31, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Pieter, I just hope these few cents help, sorry it isn't a lot more. Love to all. I'm doing this in memory of a mutual mate, Craig Ayliffe." - Ian

  • May 31, 2022 - R 3 000.00
  • "Courts you are so very loved! " - Sue Cook

  • May 31, 2022 - USD $ 32.27
  • "Wishing you all the best Courtney " - Megan O'Brien

  • May 31, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Sending lots of love and prayers Court. Jeanie and Cherade. " - Jean-Mari Wilson

  • May 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for full recovery xxx" - Sam Squire

  • May 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "" - Sam Santos

  • May 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you all the love and luck!" - Danielle

  • May 31, 2022 - USD $ 32.27
  • "Sending so much love to you gorgeous, brave Courtney!" - Janine, Josh and Chloe Rose Kyle

  • May 31, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Our prayers are with you through this trying time." - Peter & Sherryl

  • May 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Blessings to you all!" - Diane Smit

  • May 31, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    With love and best wishes

    " - Pat Robertson

  • May 31, 2022 - R 260.00
  • "Courtney is on our thoughts and prayers with love from the Alzheimer's team xxx" - Elena & Kim

  • May 31, 2022 - USD $ 64.55
  • "Making a deposit for better change and God's willing to prevail " - Riverport trading

  • May 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing Courtney a successful operation and speedy recovery " - Kerry Douthwaite

  • May 31, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sending wishes of swift healing and happiness " - Melissa & Brod

  • May 31, 2022 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Wishing you all the best. x" - Natalie

  • May 30, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the best. God bless you 🤗" - Diana

  • May 30, 2022 - USD $ 135.06
  • "Wishing your family all the best. " - Anissa Bailey

  • May 30, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. X Fiona

    " - Fiona Postlethwaite

  • May 30, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    .

    " - Pieter

  • May 30, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Stay strong you can do it mila needs you

    " - Ros

  • May 30, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Wish you a speedy recovery

    " - Kenneth Lowes

  • May 30, 2022 - USD $ 140.47
  • "Sending Prayers! " - Gareth Petersen

  • May 30, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You can do it Courtney" - Mike

  • May 30, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck" - Bruce

  • May 30, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You got this Girl X" - Jason

  • May 29, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Praying for you Courtney!" - Spooky and Bronny

  • May 29, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "I am praying for you Courtney " - Aunty Analé

  • May 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "I prey you can live your best life Courtney. " - Gina Fourie

  • May 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You’ve got this Court xoxo" - Maria-Lee

  • May 29, 2022 - USD $ 34.64
  • "Sending love and strength " - Dawn Laubscher

  • May 29, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Sending you lots of love xx" - Amy & Duane

  • May 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "God Bless you and heal you Courtney " - Jenny and Mike

  • May 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Love and healing " - Mandy

  • May 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "We love you Courtney,may this operation now happen and you get better real soon xx" - Anne and Tom Archer

  • May 29, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "." - Keagan

  • May 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying or your complete recovery and restoration to full health Kenneth Margie Doug" - Doug Gammage

  • May 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you strength and courage. Xx" - Anonymous

  • May 29, 2022 - USD $ 12.83
  • "Hope you get to go home soon to your little family Courtz. Thinking of you all. Lots of love Tayla xXx" - Tayla Scott

  • May 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for you Courtney. " - Jay

  • May 29, 2022 - USD $ 14.32
  • "Sending strength! " - Tammy

  • May 28, 2022 - USD $ 32.06
  • "May God heal you. " - MC

  • May 28, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recover, its been a long journey and you deserve to be healed now, sending love xxx " - Jacqui

  • May 28, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Stay strong " - Patrick

  • May 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "May your wish be fulfilled" - Anon

  • May 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "We love you Courtney xxxx hang in there xxx" - Julia

  • May 28, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Courtney you are in our thoughts, sending lots of love c" - Lisa Wurzel

  • May 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you the very best of everything, Courtney. Onwards and upwards." - Cheryl Dormer

  • May 28, 2022 - USD $ 138.57
  • "Get better soon" - Ross Archer

  • May 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You got this Courtney!" - Emmitt & Janet

  • May 28, 2022 - R 1 111.00
  • "Love you Courts and Godspeed. Mike ,Marilu & Liv. " - Mike, Marilu & Liv.

  • May 28, 2022 - USD $ 692.89
  • "Sending you much healing and love Charmie" - Charmaine Holbrook Holbrook

  • May 28, 2022 - R 1 111.00
  • "We are there for you my brave girl xxx love you more. My angel number 1111 to kick this off xx " - Mamma Bear

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Hi, I am Barbara Laubscher,and I am from KwaZulu-Natal,Durban.

I am Courtney's mom and I am unable to describe or put into words the nightmare we have been through this past year. No mother should have to watch her child suffer so much. The feeling of being so helpless is excruciating. I will never stop fighting for my daughter and I pray that mothers and fathers who know my pain, our friends and family and anyone who reads this that can resonate will find it in your hearts to help us.