A mother’s plea for two hospital beds

2016-02-25 06:00

A mother’s plea, “My love and care is for free but care comes at a cost” touched the hearts of the Uitenhage Lions Club and they consequently appeal to the community for a donation of two hospital beds.

The mother, Zenobia Olivier, who has been married for 30 years has a set of twin boys aged 24 years, both with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Jacques and Heindrich were born premature at 27 weeks and because of a shortage of oxygen suffered brain damage at birth.

According to Denis Murphy from the Uitenhage Lions Club, Zenobia and her husband Cois Olivier, made it their life’s work to look after them, and give them the love and care they need.

“They can not walk or do anything for themselves and have to have 24 hour care,” said Murphy.

One boy has to sleep in an upright position as he has a problem with his airway and even stops breathing at night while the other lies flat on his back and when he wants to watch TV, pillows have to be propped under him.

“The family had a hoist installed as the twins became too heavy to be physically picked up.

The hospital beds back pieces therefore both need to be able to be adjusted and they also need to be able to move up and down when it comes to bathing and changing the boys,” said Murphy.

Lion President Juan Hay said, “A recipe for happiness is to relieve suffering rather than think only of your own suffering and we all really live when we live to give to others.”

Their love for children knows no bounds and just over two years ago they fostered two disabled girls Monique and Moniessa, then aged 9 and 4, while providing service work at a non-profit organisation.

Murphy said the family has exhausted both their medical aid benefits and all financial savings for the benefit of the family to improve the quality of life of Cois who was diagnosed with cancer, twin boys and the two fostered disabled daughters.

The Olivier family resides in Algoa Park.

The Uitenhage Lions Club is prepared to assist with the transport of the beds as well as contribute to any reasonable cost to initiate repairs should it be necessary.

  • For more information regarding the donation request contact either Lion Christo van Eyk on 084 512 2769 or Lion Denis Murphy on 083 651 7870.

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