Mother of seven-year-old Amile Cele has begun a crowdfunding campaign to get her daughter a life-saving liver transplant due to her being unable to afford medical healthcare.
Amile Cele as diagnosed with a cirrhosis of the liver four years ago. Despite spending that time managing her symptoms with regular visits to specialists, doctors remain concerned over the unpredictability of her condition.
In 2013 Amile’s mother, Phiwo Hlongwane, took her daughter to see numerous general practitioners. This after she noticed a change in her daughter’s appetite and daily behavior.
Faced with the fear that something might be wrong, Phiwe made a booking to seen a paediatrician at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Children’s Hospital. It was later discovered that Amile had an enlarged spleen and extensive liver damage at cellular level.
Phiwo explained why she turned to crowdfunding, and her reasons are very emotionally moving:
“When we were told she would need a transplant I explained that we would have to go to hospital one more time to get a new liver so she never has to make trips to the hospital ever again”.
“Her dad and I both work. But the cost of this surgery is insurmountable for us. However, this lead us to set up a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy.”
The transplant itself costs around R2 million to perform. Amile’s parents have begun the screening process to see if they can be an exact match for the transplant and currently the brave seven-year-old Amile is sitting on the national waiting list for the procedure.
The surgery will be performed at either Wits Donald Gordan Medical Centre or the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
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Due to medical costs, it’s the only thing that will guarantee Amile the right to live the rest of her life.
Amile’s BackaBuddy campaign went live on the 25th of August 2017 and has so far secured R 26 675 towards the R2 million target. You can contribute here.