It was a happy day for his parents the day Rijk Vermeulen was born. However they had no idea what lay ahead for them, for their family and most especially for their precious son.
This little boy, with all the promise in the world, suffers from two extremely rare childhood diseases. Typical Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis Type II, both of which are kidney related. This is only the second time, worldwide, that someone has been diagnosed with this. In the first instance Oprah Winfrey offered to pay all medical expenses due to the high cost involved.
In 2007, Rijk’s father, Jooste, donated one of his kidneys to his son. Unfortunately, Rijk’s small, yet diseased riddled body, destroyed the kidney in less than 6 months. Today, Rijk is 7 years old and has already had a staggering 30 surgeries.
Little things that we take for granted everyday, are a tremendous struggle for this brave little boy. He may only have 1 cup of fluid per day, exceeding that limit could be fatal. For 14 hours a day Rjik has to have pipes from his stomach connected up to a machine. He never knows what the next day will hold for him.
The daily cost, just to keep Rijk alive, amounts to over R1 000.00 per day. This excludes any other medical expenses and operations. Rijk needs R 2.96 million by the end of the year to be able to stay alive and there are only five and half months left to go. To find out more about Rijk Vermeulen visit these two sites.
Gratefully we have received assistance with raising funds from various generous people, including a rugby union who have given their support. If there is any way that you or someone you know can assist in getting Rijk the urgent help he needs, you can contact the following two people for more information.
Adriaan Pieterse on 073 451 3381
Raymond Wentworth on 082 906 3676
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