Music, dance and laughter

2008-07-01 00:00

THE Von Memertys — A Celebration is the title of a new life-affirming evening of musical theatre featuring Ian von Memerty and his family. The show will be at the Hellenic Hall in Durban North from today for a week.

It is more than 10 years since the family’s struggle to save their first two children who both had a serious genetic illness, MPS6 — a struggle that captured the country’s attention. Sadly, their older daughter, Valeska, died despite a bone marrow transplant, but Oskar survived. When I ask Ian how he is now, he says that, while he is the size of a five-year-old, and will never be able to live an entirely normal life, he is at a mainstream school and has a social life.

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