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MRI for Sanett Els

MRI for Sanett Els

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Sanett Els (49) from Pietermaritzburg, is in need of an MRI so that doctors can find the root of the constant pain she is experiencing in her spine.

In October 2017, while at work, Sanett’s safety boot caught on the sill of her company vehicle and she fell on the ground.

When she tried to get up, she experienced intense pain in her spine. 

Sanett was booked into St. Annes Hospital immediately upon seeing the doctor and her operation was scheduled shortly after to remove a small piece of bone that broke off her spine after the fall.

After the operation, Sanett’s pain did not subside and life became increasingly difficult. She struggles to walk, sleep and do simple tasks like getting dressed without the help of her husband, Paul (52) and her grandaughter, Layla (6). 

In February 2018, an MRI was done that revealed that Sanett had a pinched nerve in her upper right leg that was the cause of her pain. Another operation took place a month later, which alleviated Sanett’s pain for a short time.

Sanett is currently medically boarded and receives a small pension every month. The Department of Labour have also declined to help Sanett’s situation. 

To make matters even worse, the Els family also lost their home of 18 years and almost all of their belongings in a freak fire in September 2018, when municipality cleaners set paint tins alight while cleaning the road. 

Escape from breakaway fire - The Witness

Without medical aid and limited funds, Sanett is hoping to raise funds to have another MRI that has been recommended by her specialist. The MRI will be able to once again determine where her trapped nerves are and what is causing her constant pain.

With every setback and catastrophe, the Els family have continued to persevere and have remained standing despite the odds stacked against them. As friends, for over 25 years we have walked a long journey together. We hope with the support of the public, Sanett will be able to regain her independence and live pain-free.

Please support us in raising funds for this worthy cause and help us spread the word by sharing this campaign with your loved ones.

*Funds raised by this campaign will be directly administered by BackaBuddy NPC and paid directly to Kauffman and Partners for Sanett’s MRI.



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  • Nov 21, 2019 - R 2 537.00
  • "All the best for your MRI Sanet. We are thinking of you!" - @porkyspeople

  • Sep 19, 2019 - R 290.00
  • "All the best Sanette" - Annemarie de Lange

  • Sep 10, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Keep going Sanett!" - @porkyspeople

  • Sep 10, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck to you Sanett!" - Rakesh

  • Sep 10, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Sanett x" - Sophie Eldred

  • Sep 10, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck with your campaign Sanett!" - Maureen

  • Sep 09, 2019 - R 10.00
  • "Snapscan" - Paul Campbell

  • Aug 26, 2019 - R 490.00
  • "All the best Sanett " - Rina Koekemoer

  • Aug 19, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "For MRI" - Tertia

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 300.00
  • "Sterkte Sanett" - Tys

  • Aug 01, 2019 - R 150.00
  • "We have reached the R2k mark. Keep going Sanett x" - @porkyspeople

  • Aug 01, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Best of luck Sanett." - Sophia Eldred

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Keep reaching out. There are good people out there. " - Herc

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing well Sanett. " - Craig Pringle

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 400.00
  • "Good Luck Mom i know you will win this i see your pain and suffering and i am praying you will get all the funds needed. There are times i come pass by and you cant even walk. Be Strong I Love You" - Micaela Els

  • Jul 30, 2019 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Jammer vir jou. Sterkte xx" - Theresa Strydom

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Mag die Here jou aanraak met volkome genesing en verlos van alle pyn" - Piet & Yvonne Smit

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Wishing you all the best and hoping that your problem is soon sorted out. I know all to well the hardship of constant back pain." - Di Beatson

  • Jul 30, 2019 - USD $ 14.08
  • "God bless and hope you get healed Sanett " - Shaun M

  • Jul 23, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Friends in need are friends indeed. Good luck with your MRI" - @porkyspeople

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Donations to date

R 13 189.93

Fundraising target

R 14 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 7 000.00

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