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Help Karlien Heal

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Karlien is a very brave little girl, with an inextinguishable fire and energy, with a very strong will to survive and to live a normal life.

After doctors anticipated she would not become older than two years, or be completely mentally retarded, by grace and faith she defeated all the odds.

Her diagnosis, Farber’s disease, is an extremely rare  autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease, marked by a deficiency in the enzymes. This causes an accumulation of fatty material and toxins leading to abnormalities in mostly all the main organs, tissues, joints and the central nervous system. Normally, these enzyme break down fatty material and toxins in the body’s cells.

In Karlien’s case, the genes (GSTM1, GAL & ASAH1) responsible for making this enzyme is mutated and absent. Hence, the fatty material and toxins are never broken down and, instead, accumulates in various parts of the body, leading to the severe symptoms of this disorder.

Her treatment currently involves some of the latest developed genetic manipulation in the attempt to change the DNA in such a manner that it should start to produce the required enzymes in order to reverse the symptoms caused by the disorder by breaking down the fatty materials and toxins. She need to attend genetic cultivation in USA at the Raregeonomics division of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore and therefore we are raising funds to make this healing process possible for her.                   Your kindness can make a difference to allow her a normal pain free life. 

You can change someone’s life for the better.

Donations

  • Apr 11, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "Praying for your Karlien!" - Godfried

  • Apr 11, 2019 - R 50.75
  • "Get well soon" - Anonymous

  • Sep 07, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Ons dink aan jou Karlien, ons dra jou op in ons gebede." - Johan van der Merwe

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Help Karlien Heal. She is a very brave little girl, with an inextinguishable fire and energy, with a very strong will to survive and to live a normal life.