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Make it easier for Mhlengi

Personal message

Just under two years ago, Mhlengi was a busy and sporty 10 year old. One evening, he complained of severe stomach pains and eventually ended up at hospital. The doctors said it was a burst appendix and hastily operated on him. 
Two weeks later, Mhlengi is sitting in a hospital bed with all of his limbs cut off.

What was meant to be a routine appendix operation ended up in a domino effect of medical errors and poor hygiene and health care by the hospital, which led to infections of all his nerve endings, thus resulting in the unthinkable – full-blown amputation of both hands and feet.
He now faces a completely different life ahead, full of unimaginable obstacles and challenges. The Provincial Health department granted him prosthetics for his arms and legs, but the prosthetics for his legs are too heavy and do not allow him to walk for longer than 15 minutes. The hospital and health department absolve themselves of any responsibility for this catastrophe and provide no further support or any other means of funding or compensation. His mother, a single parent is now faced with a crisis – one that will require her to somehow find the money for her special-needs child. Their house is in no way geared up to accommodate the special needs of Mhlengi. Needs that involve ease of mobility, space, comfort, suitable heights of everyday things such as baths, toilets and cupboards, to name a few. 

Such an opportunity to make a serious impact – to change the course of his future. To give him hope again. At the very least, to ease the daily burden of his family. 

Sincerely,
The Arde family

We thank Njabulo Shabangu from SABC for the production of this video. For the full Cutting Edge story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_TuKIG1BZM

Donations

  • Aug 12, 2020 - USD $ 285.63
  • "Mhlengi, We hope this helps make your life a little easier and helps your family." - The Johnstone tribe

  • Aug 12, 2020 - USD $ 150.00
  • "God bless you, Mhlengi" - Anonymous

  • Aug 12, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Every bit helps. Thanks Michele and Neil for your awareness" - Candice & Doug

  • Mar 30, 2020 - R 257.00
  • "Happy Birthday Neil. You and your family continue to make our world a better place..thank you!" - Annette

  • Feb 28, 2020 - R 257.00
  • "Happy Birthday Neil. You and your family continue to make our world a better place..thank you!" - Annette

  • Feb 03, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "Happy Belated Birthday Neil!" - Kirsty C

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 257.00
  • "Happy Birthday Neil. You and your family continue to make our world a better place..thank you!" - Annette

  • Jan 08, 2020 - R 411.28
  • "Happy Belated Birthday Neil! Awesome idea, hope this helps Mhlengi!" - The Cox Clan

  • Jan 07, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Happy Birthday Neil. This is such a generous gift to give and we hope this small contribution assists Mhlengi. From Brand Candy Tribe

    " - Brand Candy

  • Dec 29, 2019 - R 2 579.75
  • "Keep us updated on the progress as we would like to help where ever we can" - Shayne

  • Dec 27, 2019 - R 257.00
  • "Happy Birthday Neil. You and your family continue to make our world a better place..thank you!" - Annette

  • Dec 24, 2019 - USD $ 40.00
  • "God Bless you." - Gareth Hutton

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Happy Birthday Neil. You and your family continue to make our world a better place..thank you!" - Annette

  • Dec 19, 2019 - R 1 200.00
  • "May this make a difference to Mhlengi" - Patsy and Cheryl

  • Dec 18, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "

    There are angels looking after you Mhlengi, of which the Arde family are some.

    " - sinclair four

  • Dec 15, 2019 - R 549.45
  • "We hope our donation to Mhlengi will help him in some way" - Marc, Cynthia & Jen

  • Dec 15, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Brave boy. God Bless you" - Jolene Durkin

  • Dec 15, 2019 - R 203.50
  • "Mhlengi you are a champion and stronger than the system that let you down. Own the day everyday! Happy Birthday Neil! " - Mel

  • Dec 15, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Prayers for this young man and his family " - Whites

  • Dec 15, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Wishing Wishing you well Mhlenge, you’re a very brave young man." - Sue Routledge

  • Dec 14, 2019 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Happy birthday Neil, just too sad ???? " - Anonymous

  • Dec 14, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Happy birthday Neil, what a generous gift for this boy. " - Lauren

  • Dec 14, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "X" - Anonymous

  • Dec 12, 2019 - R 1 017.50
  • "Keep your head up Mhlengi. Hope is always alive. Love will always create strength for you." - Anonymous

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Mhlengi Dumisa Social Welfare Cause

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I am raising funds for our helper's nephew Mhlengi Dumisa (12), who has sadly lost all his limbs due to poor medical treatment.