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Helping Boitumelo and her family heal

Helping Boitumelo and her family heal

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On the 27 June 2018, Boitumelo Ngidi (5) from the Mpophomeni Township, in Howick, Kwazulu Natal, was playing with her younger brother Quintin (2), when she accidentally fell backwards into a bath of boiling hot water. Boitumelo was then pulled out of the water by her mum, Nonhlanhla (29) and immediately rushed to Hilton Life Hospital, the closest emergency hospital approximately 25 minutes away.

Upon arrival, Boitumelo was placed into ICU, after sustaining superficial burns on both her upper limbs and neck as well as ‘full thickness burns’ on her back and buttocks.

Boitumelo presented with decreased range of motion in the neck, right and left shoulders, oedema in the left hand, poor pain management, inability to sit upright without back support, poor in-bed mobility and poor functional mobility.” – says Occupational Therapist, Nadia De Barros

After 2 weeks, Boitumelo was placed into the Paediatric Ward before being discharged on the 19th of July, as their medical aid could no longer cover the cost of ICU.

The family has suffered a tremendous ordeal, with Nonhlanhla, carrying a burden of guilt for what has happened to her daughter and the lifelong scars she will have. She has so much love for her daughter and has taken unpaid leave to be at her daughter's side as often as she can. To make matters worse, the family car was involved in a car accident as a result of the stressful situation.

Unable to take public transport due to her fragile state and for risk of infection, the family rely on friends and family to take them to the hospital to change Tumi’s dressing every 2 days, which sometimes isn’t possible. Boitumelo has endured so much for such a young child and every time she starts making progress, she gets another infection and skin grafts need to be redone, which sets her back.

With surgical intervention that is to follow, Boitumelo will require continued occupational therapy focusing on upper limb rehabilitation and functional rehabilitation until she is independent in the home and school environment. In order to achieve this, she will need to attend occupational therapy sessions 1-2 times a week, purchase pressure garments which cost about R16 000 each, skin therapy products, and possibly splints.” – says De Barros

It has been heart wrenching to see this bubbly little girl in such anguish, but she continues to put on a brave face for her friends who adore her. 

Funds raised by this campaign will be managed directly by BackaBuddy NPC and will be used for the following:

  • Medical - huge shortfalls past, present and future
  • Medicine - many not covered by Medical Aid 
  • Rehabilitation - Occupational, Physio and Psychological Therapy - R16 000 for OT Body Garments
  • Post Hospital Care - by Private Practitioners

This is the start of a long road ahead for this beautiful, bubbly little girl who has crept into the hearts of many.  She will need extensive Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Medical Care into the future. 

On behalf of this struggling family, we appeal to your kindness, to make a donation, no matter how small or big, every bit will help. 

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Donations

  • Oct 23, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "With Love" - Singo Portia

  • Oct 15, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "With love and prayer." - Robyn

  • Oct 09, 2018 - USD $ 24.76
  • "Get well soon precious girl xxx" - Angelique

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "You have all you need in life Boitumelo, family and friends" - Andrea Tucker

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Love to mom!" - Kerry

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Sending so much love <3" - Annonymous

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Keeping the whole family in my prayers. Get better soon precious little one" - Anonymous

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "xxx" - Julia

  • Sep 24, 2018 - R 2 510.00
  • "Sending so much strength and love" - Kerin

  • Sep 22, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Get better soon Boitumelo. Stay positive and keep smiling. " - Carmen

  • Sep 21, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Beautiful girl, praying for you to heal quickly x " - Maxine

  • Sep 21, 2018 - USD $ 36.80
  • "Sending you lots of love you brave little girl. Xxx" - Taryn Meredith

  • Sep 12, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you continued healing little one" - Caryn Davies

  • Sep 12, 2018 - USD $ 16.59
  • "Sending love and light (from Amsterdam)" - Kate Parker

  • Sep 12, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Thinking of you all... To love and healing..." - Angela Carle

  • Sep 10, 2018 - USD $ 17.23
  • "Healing vibes and happy wishes x" - Andrea

  • Sep 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "With love and best wishes for a full recovery x" - Lara

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Best wishes to you and your family." - Lisa Guimaraens

  • Sep 04, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "I hope this brave little girl has a very smooth and speedy recovery! " - Sarah Bennett

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Sending lots of love and prayers xxx" - Anonymous

  • Aug 30, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sending hugs from the USA. Get well soon beautiful girl. " - The Spottiswoode’s

  • Aug 30, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Heal well brave Boitumelo, and strength to your Mom, Dad and little brother x" - Anon

  • Aug 30, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Get well soon little one" - Anonymous

  • Aug 29, 2018 - USD $ 110.99
  • "All the best. I hope this helps." - Ian

  • Aug 29, 2018 - USD $ 14.80
  • "Wishing you well." - Anonymous

  • Aug 29, 2018 - USD $ 14.80
  • "Sending love and prayers special family!" - Juliet Emanuel

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 250.00
  • "We pray for your miraculous healing Tumi" - anymymous

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you a lot of strength and a good recovery" - Anoymous

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Best wishes for a great recovery sweet child" - Ursula

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Sending you love and strength xxx" - Anonymous

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Praying for complete healing." - Anonymous

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Get wel soon :-)" - Londi

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Get well soon" - AR

  • Aug 28, 2018 - USD $ 74.30
  • "Get well soon" - Hayden

  • Aug 27, 2018 - USD $ 35.04
  • "Hope you get better soon x " - Nicola Tweed

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "May your body heal outside and your inside, your spirit " - Allison

  • Aug 27, 2018 - USD $ 3.68
  • "Wish I could help more. <3" - NJ

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "such a brave girl with a beautiful smile. " - Anonymous

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Be brave, hope you get better soon" - annelize baard

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Get better soon!" - Lara

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "you are in our thoughts and prayers xxx" - Hall Family

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Praying for you, darling Boytumelo. Hope you get well soon. Lots of love." - Andra Kelfkens

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sending love and well wishes x" - Mandy

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Sending you so much love and support. Please set up a Facebook page to get more support" - A friend

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Heal well little sister " - Anonymous

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "May God carry you and your family! " - Anke

  • Aug 20, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Sending lots of love and strength " - Kate Butlin

  • Aug 19, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Every bit helps. Get better soon Tumi xx" - Anonymous

  • Aug 19, 2018 - USD $ 71.88
  • "Get well soon precious girl. xx" - Anonymous

  • Aug 17, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Get well soon sweet girl!!" - Linda and Rodger

  • Aug 17, 2018 - USD $ 3.57
  • "Get well soon xx" - Lucy

  • Aug 17, 2018 - USD $ 7.33
  • "Get better soon Tumi. <3 " - Khara-Jade Warren

  • Aug 17, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Get well soon little poppet" - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 28 832.33

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 1 000.00
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We are hoping to raise funds to cover the expenses of the Ngidi family as they move on after Boitumelo's terrible accident and the difficulties the family has faced as a result of this accident.