Marinus needs help with medical expenses Campaign
Marinus, our local hero, needs your help!
Marinus was born on the 18th of April 2003 and during his life, he has gone through so many challenges. Just to mention a few, he suffered a stroke at 3 months of age, which left him with cerebral palsy.
Everybody will affirm that if Mariens knows you, he will be your biggest and loudest supporter next to the field. Despite not being able to play himself, his big rugby heart could not let his eagerness and excitement die.
In 2018, he underwent an operation to enable him to use his right hand. Unfortunately, our expectancy was higher than the results. His health slowly degraded, and in 2022 he was diagnosed with epilepsy, and numerous tests have been conducted since then.
Due to the increased intensity of his fits, his mother had to cut short her career to ensure that he received the best possible care with her being there 24/7. The neurologist advised his mother that his brain requires stimulation, that is the only reason why he was enrolled into a centrum that can fulfill this need, he has shown his commitment in even the smallest of tasks, and we all celebrated each milestone with him. He loves the interaction with his "colleagues" and believes that Friday’s are half day "work" – he is making his every day struggles his own "normal", such a fighter with a spirit that nobody can put out!
But even with all the amended medication, stimulation, and treatments, his condition just does not improve to a level that one can cope with and leave him alone for one second. His fits are getting more frequent and more intense. The doctors stated that the next logical step will be to do an MRI scan on him to see if there are any other hidden diagnoses that are causing the fits, loss of appetite, and excessive weight loss.
As friends of the family, we urge our community to please lend a hand to ease the burden that is on his mother. We would appreciate any assistance pertaining to the huge medical expenses and to enable us to keep him in the centrum for his brain stimulation.
Any donations will be highly appreciated. His mother, Charmaine, can be contacted for any additional information and medical reports.