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Help Kirsty get a weight off her chest

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Kirsty Olwagen (32) a school bus driver from Pietermaritzburg, who now lives in Kuruman, was a breech baby, born with a dislocated hip, which has placed tremendous strain on knees her whole life.

At only 2-years old, doctors at Mediclinic in Kwa-Zulu Natal, realised that Kirsty’s hip had grown past her socket, and without surgery, she might not have been able to walk for the rest of her life.

To help Kirsty re-align her hip with her socket, her legs needed to be stretched out into the splits, and she had to hang upside down, with the help of a T-shape mechanism, for 2-years, while she ate, slept and played.

Thankfully, the procedure worked, and Kirsty proved everyone wrong who thought she wouldn’t be able to walk. 

 

Later in Life

Fast forward a couple years, and Kirsty’s problem with her hips manifested in a new way.  

Developing large breasts at the age of only 13-years old, Kirsty felt tremendous pressure on her back, and eventually had to undergo a series of 5 knee operations.

Like many women who deal with the burden of a heavier chest, Kirsty has struggled with weight gain her whole life,  which has placed increased pressure on her knees. 

She has since developed a more severe condition: Sacroiliitis in her left hip, which causes inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, as well as tension of the lumbar spine and pelvic joints.

 

Help Kirsty get a weight off her chest 

To avoid Kirsty having to undergo a comprehensive back operation or hip replacement surgery, which could put her life at risk, doctors have recommended that she has Breast reduction surgery urgently.

As Kirsty’s medical aid has declined to cover the cost of her breast reduction surgery, estimated to cost over R94 000, arguing that it is a cosmetic procedure.

To help ease her financial burden, non-profit organisation, Porky’s People NPC, has launched this crowdfunding campaign to reach out to the public for support.

Funds raised, which will be administered by BackaBuddy NPC and Porky’s People NPC, will be used to cover the cost of Kirsty’s medication, time in theatre, the surgeon and anaesthetist fee, as well as an overnight hospital stay.

“Everyone who knows Kirsty knows she is a big girl, with an even bigger heart. Having this operation will help her regain her confidence and finally live pain-free.” - says Kirsty’s sister, Natasha.

With much needed support, Kirsty could undergo her breast surgery in Pretoria before the end of year.


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Donations

  • Dec 05, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Xoxo" - Ursula

  • Dec 05, 2021 - USD $ 6.20
  • "Gd luck the op will change your life" - Lesley

  • Oct 17, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck " - Anonymous

  • Oct 06, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "All the time I know you I knew how important this was to you. I hope that you will get your surgery soon. Love Angelique, Braydon and Aliyah" - Angelique

  • Oct 04, 2021 - R 50.00
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    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 02, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Sterkte my Kind " - Ma Koba

  • Oct 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "I also had so save up to have the same surgery. Good luck " - Magdaleen Nicklin

  • Oct 02, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "Love you my child " - Nettie

  • Oct 02, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Wishing you all the best " - Mandy

  • Oct 02, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Kirsty" - ET

  • Oct 02, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "Best of luck Kirsty I hope you can go for your op soon" - Anonymous

  • Oct 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "All the best Kirst" - Clive and Dee

  • Sep 29, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte Mamma lief vir jou " - Kids

  • Sep 28, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Love you hoop alles werk goed uit vir jou" - Anonymous

  • Sep 28, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Kirsty my kind dink aan jou met groot operasie . Mag Onse Groot Vader met jou wees." - Hanna

  • Sep 26, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Sterkte sis al die beste vir die pad vorentoe." - Jan and Yolandie

  • Sep 26, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Best of luck Kirst! Sending you lots of love for your op." - Tash and Brendon

  • Sep 26, 2021 - R 4 500.00
  • "Best of luck with your campaign my baby. We know you will get there. We love you lots." - Lionel and Nettie

  • Sep 26, 2021 - USD $ 3.59
  • "Good luck " - Mouse

  • Sep 26, 2021 - USD $ 5.00
  • "Good luck" - Stevie

  • Sep 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Sterkte my lief" - Sefas

  • Sep 24, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Love you my sister " - Zane

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 9 439.78

Fundraising target

R 94 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 500.00
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