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Hope for Joshua

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Hydrocephalus is a rare brain condition and the cause is still unknown....

Joshua was born premature at 33 weeks gestation 20 June 2016, his head circumference of 45cm was more then his length of 43cm to emphasize the amount of access fluid in his brain. He had the first brain operation to insert a VP shunt at 10 days old. The doctors did not expect him to survive, he was on a ventilator and we had many setbacks, he started having seizures and his brain was hemorrhaging losing large amounts of blood. He had several blood and plasma infusions to keep him alive. He spent the first 2 months in Neonatal ICU, he fought like a champion and pulled through.

He is dependant on a shunt to live (a device with a thin piece of plastic tubing and a catheter) which drains the fluid from his brain to his stomach. He has developed many conditions as a result of Hydrocephalus, namely Cerebral Palsy (Hemiplegia), severe Cortical Visual Impairment, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Chiari Malformation , Scoliosis, missing Septum Pellucidum, global developmental delay and hypertonia. We are just an average couple with no significant medical history, so having a medically complex child has been a great shock to us.

He has had a total of 6 operations in his short existence, 3 of them being brain surgeries, diagnosed with 10 different conditions, has had uncountable hours of therapy and doctors appointments. His daily activities are so challenging and he cannot perform any tasks independently such as sitting, standing, crawling, playing, eating or drinking. He needs an Occupational therapist, Physio therapist, Speech therapist, Vision therapist and also requires us or a caregiver to carry out these various therapies on a daily basis. Although he has many conditions, the fighting spirit in this child is remarkable, he has come such a long way and is getting very close to sitting and crawling each day. He is beating the odds and with the right treatment and therapy has a chance at developing normally.

Stem cell treatment will help him have a better quality of life and we are hoping it will specifically help with his vision as he is practically blind. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and repair the damaged brain cells. The results have always been positive, helping the child with one or more functions, we can never determine exactly how it would help in each case but considering the many conditions Joshua has, even eliminating one of them would be a huge success.

From the time he was born we have done our best to manage this extremely difficult and expensive situation on our own, exhausting all our personal savings. The financial toll on our family is overwhelming and we need to ask for financial help to fund Joshua's stem cell treatment. The stem cell treatment needs to be done before Joshua turns 2 years (20 June 2018) in order to guarentee the highest success rate possible. Please open your hearts to give this little warrior a chance at living a "normal" life.

16-July-2018 Update on Joshua's Treatment:

Joshua's treatment will have to be done in India due to medical reasons that have been advised. HLA typing results from the University of Georgia in Atlanta have just been received and have shown that Joshua's body will reject the cells from his brother. We now have to revert to plan B with specialized stem cell treatment in India. As Joshua's case is so complicated and severe he would need to go for at least 3 to 4 treatments as advised by the doctors. Each treatment cost is approximately R190 000. We will be keeping everyone updated with the treatments and have started arrangements for the first one. We ask that everyone please keep Joshua, the doctors and this treatment in their prayers and we wait in expectation for great results and we also pray that he will respond well to the treatment and eventually not require so many. This journey is not going to be quick or easy but it is worth it. Please help us get Joshua all the help he needs.

For regular updates, please follow Joshua's Facebook page.

Find out more about Stem Cell Treatment and previous success stories:

Cord Blood Therapy : Infusions for Babies with Hydrocephalus

Parker Elizabeth and a little thing called Hydrocephalus…

Neural stem cells : are they the hope of a better life for patients with fetal-onset hydrocephalus?

NEXT Biosciences : Brain injury stem cell therapy advances

Read about Joshua in the news:

eNCA - Crowdfunding gives baby Naicker hope

eNuus 25th May 2018 - DSTV Channel 144 & 145

Health24 : Baby with water on the brain fights to stay alive

Independent Media : Boy born with water on the brain in need of funds

Parent24 : Little Joshua is only 2 but he’s been operated on 6 times

GoodThingsGuy : 22 month old Baby crowdfunds for 400k treatment for rare conditions

Indianspice : Baby Joshua Naicker needs your help

Midrand Reporter : Parents plead for help to get surgery for their son

Retail Brief Africa : Baby Joshua needs your help

The POST Newspaper : Mom Won't stop fighting for Joshua

The Rising Sun Lenasia : Hope for Joshua Naicker

Fourways Review : Parents plead for help to get surgery for their son

Huisgenoot - klein Joshua Nog Nie 2 Maar al 6 keer geopereer

Bedfordview and Edenvale News : Parents plead for help to get surgery for their son

Joburg East Express : Parents plead for help to get surgery for their son

Rare Diseases SA : The fighting spirit in Joshua is totaly remarkable #Hyrdocephalus

Special Kids : Meet the parents

Donations

  • Aug 13, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "GOD IS GREAT" - YSL

  • Aug 01, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "With God all things are possible,wishing you a speedy recovery" - Rooka and Bobby Reddi

  • Jul 31, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • ""No weapon formed against you shall prosper,Jehovah Raphael is your healer divine ,The Lord bless you and keep you ,May his face continue to shine upon you in Jesus Mighty Name,Amen." - Ranjini Moodley and Viloshni Pillay

  • Jul 30, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "We pray for your speedy recovery little Joshua, Through Jesus all things are possible" - Sharon Naicker

  • Jul 28, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "With Jesus the impossible becomes possible, God bless you Josh??" - Luke & Saarla

  • Jul 27, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Wishing you well, and you are constantly in our prayer. In Jesus name" - Basil Reddi

  • Jul 24, 2018 - USD $ 7.82
  • "I truly and sincerely Pray that Joshua speedily recovers and lives a long, blessed and healthy life. God Bless! Ameen. ---Zakia Salod" - Zakia Salod

  • Jul 12, 2018 - R 411.28
  • "My prayers are with you and your family" - Polane

  • Jul 10, 2018 - R 10 282.00
  • "WE THANK YOU LORD FOR JOSHUA'S HEALING." - PRO TOUCH GROUP

  • Jul 05, 2018 - R 1 850.76
  • "With all our love" - Anonymous

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Stay strong little Joshua! You're one brave, sweet boy!" - Lerusha Buytenhuys

  • Jun 27, 2018 - R 309.49
  • "Keep smiling Champ" - Anonymous

  • Jun 22, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU JOSH" - NAVEEN RAMDHANY

  • Jun 20, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Happy birthday little warrior from the Pathans. " - Tarishma G

  • Jun 20, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Get well little one" - Celeste, Delise

  • Jun 14, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "To the little champion and his parents, i wish for them all an abundance of blessings. Dont loose hope. " - Reynold

  • Jun 14, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Prayers and blessings coming your way baba. Get well!" - Maxine

  • Jun 14, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "wishing you all the strenght you need" - V Udith

  • Jun 13, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep fighting! Best of luck." - Michelle Sewnarain

  • Jun 12, 2018 - R 2 510.00
  • "Through Christ all things are possible. " - Ty

  • Jun 08, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Best wishes from Sereesha & Kuveshen " - Sereesha

  • Jun 08, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Have faith and know this too shall pass ; only wishes on strength , courage , hope & love " - Sam Ralph Raiden & Samara

  • Jun 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Nothing is impossible with God, I am proof of that.. Baby Micaiah Judah Arjnan" - Micaiah Judah

  • Jun 07, 2018 - R 510.00
  • ""We pray for God's perfect will to be completed over Joshua's precious soul in Jesus Name"" - Christian, Sandy, Jaedon & Talia Nair

  • Jun 07, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Best wishes from Sereesha & Kuveshen " - Sereesha

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "God Bless You Joshua" - Raj Murugan

  • Jun 05, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "You are true heroes and a real inspiration. May baby Joshua receive this important treatment. God bless you and all that are donating." - Anonymous

  • Jun 05, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Glod Bless You" - Anonymous

  • Jun 05, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Praying for Baby Joshua and his family during this trying time. May he receive the treatment he needs." - Alicia

  • Jun 05, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "All the best little man" - Jayce Khadua

  • Jun 05, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "God Bless you sweet soul!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 04, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Best wishes" - Anonymous

  • Jun 04, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Get well soon little man" - Naidu Family

  • Jun 04, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Get well soon champ." - Denver

  • Jun 04, 2018 - R 60.00
  • "Never give up on love. When I do have more i will support by donating." - Nathan Moodley

  • Jun 04, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for Josh and your family" - Pillay Family

  • Jun 03, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Your fight has inspired me young son !" - Anonymous

  • Jun 02, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Best wishes Joshua" - Dehsen

  • Jun 02, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "God is with you little Joshua... All the best " - Avisha

  • Jun 01, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "U r precious in God’s eyes. He loves u more than u will ever know. " - BP

  • Jun 01, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "May Jesus be a living testimony in you Joshua " - Leonard Ndlovu

  • Jun 01, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Get well soon baby Naicker. God bless you. Our prayers are with you " - Yugan, Veneshini, Meshani & Thashan Naicker

  • Jun 01, 2018 - R 2 000.00
  • "Torch Services (Pty) Ltd would like to sponsor R2000 in support of the fundraiser. " - Torch Services (Pty) Ltd

  • May 31, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "To one angel from another, our super heroes without capes - in memory of Priyaan Betchu" - Areesha

  • May 30, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Keeping you in our prayers xx" - Tess & Tyli

  • May 30, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "To Joshua may the lord always grant strength and courage for what you going threw and know u will soon be able to do anything u want , our prayers are with u always. Regards Mithun , Vash and Savar" - Mithun Ramlagan

  • May 30, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Stay Positive!! Adorable Little Man..." - Yakeen Singh

  • May 30, 2018 - R 30 010.00
  • "Baby Joshua, we feel your pain, may you get well soon. In memory of our late daughter Jayshenthree Naidoo" - Vino & Kenny Naidoo & Family of CMV Logistics

  • May 30, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Baby Joshua all the blessings" - Bafana C/O CMV Logistics

  • May 30, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Hoping for the very best for little Joshua..." - Karthi Pillai

  • May 29, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "." - Anonymous

  • May 29, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Precious Joshua may the light and blessings of Lord Muruga be showered upon your fragile body. Always remain blessed and always in our prayers. Krish, Sandra, Thyson and Vizelle Naidoo. " - Krish Naidoo

  • May 29, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "god speed" - anon

  • May 29, 2018 - R 10 282.00
  • "Praying for you all and may God touch and heal Joshua. Blessings Deon " - Deon

  • May 29, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Hope everything goes well for little Joshua." - Anon

  • May 28, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Blessings" - Anon

  • May 28, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "God bless you Joshua!" - Anonymous

  • May 28, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "May God bless you and keep you safe in His arms" - Anon

  • May 28, 2018 - R 2 510.00
  • "hope you get well soon " - PSKL

  • May 28, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Praying you conquer this" - JULIET

  • May 28, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Be strong family, the best is yet to come " - Anonymous

  • May 27, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Keeping Baby Joshua, mum and dad in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong and stay positive." - Lashwin & Prenisha Naidoo

  • May 27, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "There is no reason to fear because good is on your side, he is clearly a fighter and he will not give up. I pray he gets the best treatment and recovers. " - Avesh Haricharan

  • May 27, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "All the best with your treatment baby Joshua, sending you and your parents love and support during this trying time. God bless!" - Yash Naicker

  • May 27, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "We trust Father God for your complete healing and full recovery beautiful Joshua. In Jesus name. Amen. " - Delon & Lee Moodley

  • May 26, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "Best of luck" - Asha

  • May 26, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Hey little guy I will pray you,God is great and he will will help you. Be strong,God bless you. " - Diran Pillay

  • May 25, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "God bless" - Niven Naicker

  • May 25, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Prayers are with you guys. My son has hydrocephalus and I know how difficult it can be. Hang in there. Things will get better." - Neshaen Sharma

  • May 25, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "My love to you baby Joshua, A life full of love awaits you..." - Sabrina

  • May 25, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Lil' guy but a Big Braveheart. Stay Strong!" - PRAVESH MUNGALDAVE

  • May 25, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Miracles happens.. Will be in our prayers " - Lucia

  • May 24, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Be brave baby Joshua" - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2018 - USD $ 42.23
  • "Wishing you all the best." - Vladimir

  • May 24, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "We’re all rooting for you" - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best Joshua" - Presha

  • May 24, 2018 - USD $ 16.88
  • "Blessings " - Annon

  • May 23, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Love and light always" - Anonymous

  • May 23, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Our prayers are with you Baby Joshua" - Karishma

  • May 23, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for you Josh" - Kamalasen Pillay

  • May 22, 2018 - USD $ 13.30
  • "What a beautiful boy who deserves every chance to keep making memories for his loving parents. Stay strong xx" - Sonia and Sandeep Sankoli

  • May 21, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "God bless! Wishing you everything of the best " - Nevana

  • May 21, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "I'm unemployed but you can have this R200 ... I wish I had more to donate ...... I wish you get the treatment and get better soon Joshua " - Anonymous

  • May 21, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Get well soon baby...God bless you always !" - Tishanya

  • May 21, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "All the best baby Joshua" - Natasha Khan

  • May 20, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "God bless u baby" - Nishaad

  • May 18, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "you have our prayers " - zunaid mamdoo

  • May 17, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "May the Lord keep Joshua in the palm of his hands and heal him. " - Vijaya

  • May 17, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "I pray that God's hand over your life baby Joshua. I believe he can heal you. Lots of love. " - Trusha Chetty

  • May 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "May u get well soon " - Cameron&mandy;

  • May 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Blessings to you baby Joshua" - Nalini

  • May 16, 2018 - 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.”" - Ntwanano

  • May 15, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Nothing is impossible with prayers,love and courage you will win the battle over anything... never give up. Love you lots little Angel Joshua. " - Ashnee and Nico

  • May 15, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "God bless! You are in my prayers. Get well soon Joshua" - Priya & Craigen

  • May 15, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "God bless little champ." - Anon

  • May 14, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers " - Nicole

  • May 10, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Get well soon little champ you are precious and dear, almighty is watching over you, I am spreading this story on all social media and where a work lots of love from preni, avi and ariyan" - PRENISHA GOVENDER BALRAJ

  • May 10, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "God will see you through" - Anonymous

  • May 10, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing Joshua and his family only the best outcome." - Niresha Ramlugan

  • May 09, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for you little one. " - Kiaan Lallchander

  • May 08, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "U are a shining star" - Vineshree Moodley

  • May 07, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "God Bless" - Anonymous

  • May 07, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "You in our prayers" - Cal & Sandy

  • May 03, 2018 - R 10 010.00
  • "You are in our thoughts and prayers" - Tweets of Hope

  • May 03, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "The team at Relativ Media send our very best wishes to baby Joshua." - Relative Group

  • May 02, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "God have your guiding hand over this awesome family " - Dawn

  • May 02, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "God bless you! " - Anonymous

  • May 01, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "Get well angel. We love you." - Nolan & Nerisa

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you well little Joshua. X" - Alexandra Benassi

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 2 570.50
  • "Keep on believing and we will keep on praying " - Amelia

  • Apr 29, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. Keep up the good fight Joshua. Our prayers are with you and your parents, God bless." - Ian and Chanel

  • Apr 29, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Have faith and believe. Stay blessed!!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 27, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "My prayers Will be Will Baby Joshua. God Will definitely see you guys through this. We serve a living and powerful God. He will constantly be in my thoughts and prayers." - Jacelyn

  • Apr 27, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Stay strong and trust in the Supreme power of God. You and baby are blessed. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 26, 2018 - R 150.00
  • "Wishing you all the best!! May Josh get better soon :) " - Patricia Malebati

  • Apr 26, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "All of the very best Little Joshua. Prayers and thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery." - Chetty Family

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "my kids have decided to forfeit their birthday gifts & donate the money to Baby Joshua. " - Natasha & Sashlan Naidoo

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 400.00
  • "Get well soon josh " - PascaL Thamaga

  • Apr 24, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "I’m praying for you and the family Thavers" - Shadon

  • Apr 24, 2018 - USD $ 15.22
  • "May God keep you strong and surround yu with his grace. Sending you lots of love and light." - Sharlene

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 719.74
  • "Keeping you in our prayers - get well soon champ!!" - Shantal Moodley

  • Apr 21, 2018 - USD $ 87.29
  • "God bless " - Aiden

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Be strong " - Logan

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "I pray for complete healing in Jesus name?" - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Courage and Strength!" - Aruna Desai

  • Apr 18, 2018 - USD $ 87.77
  • "Strength to you Joshua. May God protect you always .." - Preya

  • Apr 17, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "God bless baby boy." - vidashnee

  • Apr 16, 2018 - R 160.00
  • "Hope you get well soon little angel" - Luca Patel

  • Apr 13, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "May God bring light and healing of Joshua" - Child of love

  • Apr 12, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Get well" - Mohin

  • Apr 12, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "God bless you and keep you! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 09, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "With faith, courage and hope, you shall soon be healthy and happy." - Neville ODonovan

  • Apr 09, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "all the best , get well soon " - Zaine

  • Apr 09, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Keeping Joshua in our prayers" - Francois Meintjes

  • Apr 09, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Good luck and all the best" - Hein Alberts

  • Apr 06, 2018 - R 50.00
  • "Get well soon Joshua!" - Tebogo Phaahla

  • Apr 06, 2018 - R 350.00
  • "It is well with my soul. When we are weak we are strong. Let’s do our bit to help a lovely soul, Joshua." - DCC - Michael Mataboge

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 50.00
  • "I pray he gets well soon... " - Anonymous

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "GOD BLESS" - SAGREN GOVENDER

  • Apr 04, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Be strong and take care." - Menal Budhram

  • Apr 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "God bless Joshua and family." - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "GOD BLESS YOU!!!" - DDN

  • Apr 03, 2018 - USD $ 17.75
  • "You’re amazing Joshua!" - Sarah A

  • Apr 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "May God be with you and your family Bradley in Jesus name be healed child of God." - R vd walt

  • Mar 30, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Our God is a God of healing! Our prayers to you and your family xx" - MK

  • Mar 30, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "I believe we serve a God of miracles. Joshua I will keep you in my prayers. " - SJvR

  • Mar 30, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Strength to all of you during this brave fight" - Anonymous

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Joshua - Stem Cell Treatment

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Joshua Naicker (21 months old) was born with an incurable condition Congenital Hydrocephalus, resulting in several severe and life threatening diagnoses. He cannot perform any daily activities without assistance, stem cell treatment can provide him with a better quality of life.