Scottburgh dad just wants to give his son every chance ‘to live as normal as can be’

2011-08-15 00:00

JARED Kisten from Scottburgh, who turns five in October, is affected by the condition of cerebral palsy. He now has the opportunity to lead an almost normal life if he receives treatment.

After almost three years of tests doctors have diagnosed his condition and with the help of stem cell treatment he has a 60-80 % chance of living a fuller life. The treatment will be done in the Shenzhen Beike Biotechnology medical facility in Guangdung, China at the cost of almost R300 000.

His father Mervin Kisten said that after Jared was diagnosed they had done research on the treatment that is available to treat his condition. “I just want to give my son every opportunity to live a normal life as can be. I know of other children like him who have gone to the same place for the treatment and there is such a big improvement in their lives now.”

At the moment Jared is a limp little boy who cannot sit, stand, walk or talk. Cerebral palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Most of these problems occur as the baby grows in the womb or it can happen at any time during the first two years of life, while the baby’s brain is still developing.

“We would start the treatment immediately if we could afford it so we are appealing to caring people out there to please help us.” With the assistance of a few good Samaritans from the community, the Jared Kisten Trust Fund has been set up to raise money to fund his treatment. Myrtle Reddy who is the overall organiser of the fund-raising said, “We sincerely appeal to the community to come out and support our various fund-raising initiatives.

“All proceeds will go towards helping a little boy have a better quality of life.”

Reddy also said that all letters and appeals sent out from the Trust are done in colour and will have the original signature of the trustees on them. These also include donation forms that are circulating at the moment. Businesses who would like to assist in sponsoring prizes or having their banners displayed at the various events can contact Myrtle Reddy on 082 568 9728. Individual sponsors are also appreciated.

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