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Helping Vanessa

Personal message

Vanessa seemed like your average little girl but at the age of two, it was clear that something was different about her. I, Vanessa’s mom, realized that her development was not on par with that of other 2-year-olds.


I then took her to Red Cross Children’s Hospital for tests to be done and it was found that Vanessa has brain irregularities. Further assessments were done and Vanessa was medically diagnosed with Autism, Severe Mental Retardation (the rarest and most severe form of intellectual disability that affects under 2% of individuals diagnosed with mental retardation), and Epilepsy.

Vanessa attended day care from the age of 2 to 14 and spent the next three years of her life in state care. Thereafter she was referred to Aurora Special Care Centre for admission in 2007. Vanessa became part of the Aurora family and has been there for the past 13 years of her life. 

Vanessa will be 30 years old this year (2019) and will never be able to function independently on any level. She is wholly reliant on the 24-hour care rendered to her by the Aurora Special Care Centre. Furthermore, because of the severity of her diagnosis, she requires a Personal Caretaker which adds to the monthly expenses. Vanessa’s father has passed away and the money left to her has since been depleted.


I am in desperate need of YOUR help to ensure that my precious daughter can continue receiving treatment at Aurora. I am 70 years old and am currently working two jobs- and even this is not sufficient. As any parent can understand, I want to see my daughter safe, happy and cared for- but I can’t do it alone.


I thank you for reading my daughter’s story and I pray that you open up your heart to assist her in any way possible.


 

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Donations

  • May 28, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "May This help in a small way! God Bless" - MVE

  • May 22, 2019 - USD $ 34.71
  • "You deserve the best care Vanessa. May God protect you always." - NJ

  • May 21, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "Good luck Vanessa! Love from Pietermaritzburg. " - @porkyspeople

  • May 02, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "I hope that you reach your target " - Jenni Karantges

  • Apr 01, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "I hope that you reach your target " - Jenni Karantges

  • Feb 27, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "I hope that you reach your target " - Jenni Karantges

  • Jan 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "I hope that you reach your target " - Jenni Karantges

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "I hope that you reach your target " - Jenni Karantges

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Aurora is a special care centre for profoundly mentally and physically handicapped children and adults