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Not Just Another Covid Statistic

Not Just Another Covid Statistic

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Sian-Tae Metzler gave birth to her son Eli in February 2015. Her final week of pregnancy was extremely difficult; she couldn’t move her limbs and struggled to walk. After a full evaluation, doctors diagnosed Sian-Tae with Guillan-Barré syndrome (GBS), a condition in which the immune system attacks the nervous system. This is not something that any new mother wants to hear the night after she has given birth.

Sian-Tae remained in hospital for the first 2 months of her son’s life, including a full month in ICU, as GBS ravaged her body. Paralysed and fed through a tube, she was terrified, believing that she would die having never held her baby.

She fought bravely for the chance.

When the worst was behind her, Sian-Tae was moved out of ICU and was able to have an emotional reunion with her son. However, she would spend almost 4 months in hospital and rehabilitation before being able to go home to her family and begin bonding with her son in earnest. Having gradually regained feeling and movement, Sian-Tae was able to make the most of her time with Eli.

Then, in July 2020, when Eli was 5, Sian-Tae fell ill with flu-like symptoms. A Covid-19 test came back negative and two courses of antibiotics had no effect. However, x-rays of her chest showed fluid on her lungs.

She was admitted to hospital, where a second Covid-19 test returned a positive result. The doctors hesitated to drain the fluid from her lungs while she was Covid-positive, believing that it could cause complications. Sian-Tae was treated with steroids for a few days and slowly began to improve. The doctors were amazed that she had survived Covid.

Sian-Tae was sent home to continue recovering. Once she had tested negative for Covid, she was readmitted and more than two litres of fluid were drained from her lungs. The doctors also used an internal camera to assess her.

It was then that they discovered lesions on her heart and lungs.

If it wasn’t for Sian-Tae contracting Covid, the doctors would not have made this discovery until it was far too late.

Biopsies confirmed that Sian-Tae had T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a very rare and aggressive type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Further tests and a bone marrow biopsy returned conflicting results. It was determined that Sian-Tae had acute myeloid leukaemia, caused by an extremely rare genetic mutation (PICALM-MLLT10). Her family was told that only 6–8 people in the whole world suffer from this combination each year.

Sian-Tae immediately began 5 days of low-dose chemotherapy, and after a week of recovery was allowed to go home for 4 days. She then had to return for a gruelling week-long chemotherapy plan. On some days she endured chemo for 10 hours straight. After this followed a 3-week isolation and recovery period, in which Sian-Tae was alone and extremely sick; only the thought of holding her son and seeing her family again kept her going.

When the doctors were satisfied with Sian-Tae's blood results, they allowed her to go home. Her return to Eli and her family was extremely emotional for everyone. She is currently at home for a precious 2 weeks. She will then have to repeat the month-long cycle of intense chemo and recovery.

The goal is to put Sian-Tae into remission, after which she will need a bone marrow transplant. The transplant will take place under the care of a specialist in Pretoria who is an expert in rare leukaemia patient transplants. 

Bone marrow matches are very difficult to find. When the time comes, Sian-Tae’s family hopes to rally fellow South Africans to get tested to find out whether they might be a match.

In the meantime, the family needs funds to cover Sian-Tae and Eli’s living expenses as Sian-Tae will be unable to work for a full year. Even a small donation can assist with Eli’s school fees. In the near future, there will also be enormous medical bills for the family to pay.

As of October 12, the expenses have already mounted beyond what the family had expected. We have raised our goal in the hope that we can make a big difference. Thank you so much to all the incredible souls around the world who have already given so generously. Let's continue to rally support for Sian-Tae and Eli.

Sian-Tae is only 24.
She has fought harder and longer than most at her young age.  
She is an exceptional mother to a wonderful little boy.
Please help so that Sian-Tae can live a full life and be there to watch her beloved Eli grow up. 

Donations

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Praying for you" - Louise

  • Oct 20, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "

    You got this girl!!! XXXX

    " - Nadine

  • Oct 20, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "

    Stay strong Tae, God's got you ! Lots of love - Bex

    " - Rebecca Harvey

  • Oct 20, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    We are all behind you Tae. Keep strong.

    " - Singita

  • Oct 19, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "You deserve better. God give you strength young lady, you can do this!" - Shelley Southey

  • Oct 17, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "You’ve got this my girl xx " - Britt VDV

  • Oct 17, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "I have never known someone with so much strength! Keep fighting girly, you have got this. Sending so many hugs and prayers xx" - Jenna F

  • Oct 17, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "We are thinking of you as you fight this battle. Your strength is astounding." - The Daruty Family

  • Oct 17, 2020 - USD $ 43.18
  • "Keep strong Tae ️ You’ve proved yourself stronger than anything before and you will do it again ️" - Taine Herholdt

  • Oct 17, 2020 - USD $ 38.74
  • "Stay strong! X" - Sammy Griesel

  • Oct 17, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "You are super strong" - Anonymous

  • Oct 17, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Hope all works out well for you and your family " - Paul Marks

  • Oct 17, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Stay strong <3" - Toni

  • Oct 17, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Get well soon " - Anonymous

  • Oct 17, 2020 - USD $ 60.56
  • "Sending big love , get better Tae you can do this ! xx" - Marc B

  • Oct 16, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    God bless

    " - Ginty

  • Oct 15, 2020 - USD $ 3.03
  • "Sending love and light. " - Anonymous

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Wishing you strength and a complete recovery " - Jackie Cunniffe

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 1 500.00
  • "

    We wish you a speedy recovery!

    " - Janet Carmen Rowan

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "Chin up beautiful!" - Danielle

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "

    Love

    " - Tonya

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "

    Sending love to a very brave lady.

    " - Cindy and Richard

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Be strong and look after your body, you can do it!! Lots of love.

    " - The Singhs

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 317.25
  • "

    Sending lots of love to you all. Love Ros

    " - Ros

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 15 000.00
  • "

    Stay strong

    " - Anonymous

  • Oct 11, 2020 - USD $ 235.90
  • "Get better soon" - Josh

  • Oct 09, 2020 - R 5 287.50
  • "All the best to the Metzler Family " - Anonymous

  • Oct 09, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "

    Praying for you and Eli

    " - Anonymous

  • Oct 09, 2020 - R 530.00
  • "

    God is good ALL the time, & all the time, God is GOOD!

    " - Joy

  • Oct 09, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Lot of love and prayers to you and Eli - from Alison, Scott, Geoff and Megan

    " - Alison

  • Oct 09, 2020 - USD $ 30.17
  • "Christ has conquered death - keep your eyes on Jesus" - Anonymous

  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "God bless" - Anonymous

  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 2 115.00
  • "Sending all our love and prayers." - Anonymous

  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Keep fighting Tae Tae xxx " - Donna

  • Oct 08, 2020 - USD $ 32.88
  • "Praying for your family from Australia" - Tracey L

  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 105.75
  • "Keep the faith" - Marlene Alexander

  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "Keep fighting " - Emanuel family

  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "

    Sending much healing

    " - Diane Martin

  • Oct 08, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "

    I pray for you and your family.

    " - Stuart Palterman

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Praying and thinking of you and your family x" - Anonymous

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 1 865.97
  • "Praying for you! " - Anonymous

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 12.13
  • "Sending love, healings & blessings. Please eat plant based Whole Foods. it will assist recovery xxx" - K

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Thinking of you Chez, Sian-tae, Tanner, Aston and Eli! " - The Crosby’s

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 60.63
  • "Praying for your full recovery!" - Cath

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 500.00
  • ". " - Dale

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "You and your family will be in our prayers. Be strong " - Remy Santo

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Praying for you" - Shanna

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you know. " - Tam Nadauld

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Praying for a miracle. Hang in there" - Anonymous

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 300.00
  • "With love" - Linda

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 200.00
  • "We are praying for your full recovery all the way from Australia! " - Ryan and Marca Carpenter

  • Oct 07, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Love you Tae, you’ve got this ️" - Brittany VDV

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 303.17
  • "Love ya cuz " - Ty + lids + juda

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 303.17
  • "Stay strong and we will pray for you! " - Anonymous

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 32.49
  • "Praying for you & your family xx" - Ash & Clint Scott

  • Oct 07, 2020 - USD $ 60.83
  • "Sending good wishes " - Colleen Gerrard

  • Oct 06, 2020 - USD $ 25.99
  • "Keep up.the fight! God bless you. " - Johann (Northern ireland)

  • Oct 06, 2020 - USD $ 121.67
  • "Wish we could be there to help you and your mom - Buster&Lynn in the UK" - Buster & Lynn Bell

  • Oct 06, 2020 - USD $ 32.49
  • "You are amazing. We thinking of you. " - Michelle lawrence

  • Oct 06, 2020 - USD $ 60.83
  • "Fight fight fight" - Anonymous

  • Oct 06, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "Tae you are the bravest warrior woman I know x " - Tracey Norton

  • Oct 06, 2020 - USD $ 32.49
  • "You are loved by our Father in Heaven. We are rooting for you on earth. Tons of love! " - Anonymous

  • Oct 06, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "Stay strong! " - Anonymous

  • Oct 06, 2020 - USD $ 24.33
  • "Keep strong Sian-Tae...much love to you all" - Nicola

  • Oct 06, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Keep on fighting you are stronger than you think xx" - Melissa

  • Oct 06, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "Keep fighting Tae, you incredible!" - Chantene

  • Oct 06, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Keep fighting, Sian-Tae!" - Ash Tetley

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24-year-old Sian-Tae Metzler has fought harder and longer than most at her young age. She lives in Durban and is an exceptional mother to a wonderful little boy called Eli (5). Please help so that Sian-Tae can live a full life and be there to watch her beloved Eli grow up.