Councillor rallies support for toddler’s family

2012-06-29 00:00

AMY Byloo and Thembeka Dyantyi were brought together by compassion for a child they did not know.

Yesterday the two women hugged and smiled, all because of a little girl whose horrific ordeal moved them to act.

Dyantyi (36), an ANC councillor in Matatiele, and Amy Byloo (24), a junior architect in Pietermaritzburg, took it upon themselves to get the mutilated toddler the best medical attention possible.

Dyantyi said: “I found out about the baby when we were doing door-to-door campaigning in January.

“My heart did not allow me to just walk away from her. I knew that I had to try my best to help her and her helpless family.”

She drummed up support from the municipality and community and made the child’s plight known.

“I knew that if we could get the word out there, then people who have access to facilities that we do not have will come forward and help her.”

And that person was Byloo, who responded to a report in The Witness.

Byloo, battling her emotions, said: “Everything has just been so wrong for her and we have to make it right. We always read stuff and say ‘Oh, shame’. But we never do anything about it. We always think someone else will help and never make the effort ourselves.

“This time I knew I had to do something. It didn’t cost me any­thing. It just took a little bit of my time to make inquiries and get this process going.”

Byloo said she would be staying with the toddler for as long as it took her to recover.

Gratitude was written on the parents’ faces. “

“My child has suffered enough, and now thanks to good people like Amy and Thembeka she is here where they can help her. God bless all these people,” said the father.

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