Another successful surgery on paediatric patient Nkosana Ndaba (12) to improve his condition has given his mother, Magauta, hopes of a better life for her child. The boy, who suffers from a condition obscuring his eyes, is one of 25 fortunate children who benefited from this year’s Smile Week, of the Smile Foundation. Surgeries done annually are part of a joint initiative funded by Vodacom and supported by the Free State Department of Health. Marelize Beukes, Vodacom market central region manager, says R21 million has been spend thus far on life-changing operations for paediatric patients. This forms part of the celebration of Smile Week by the Smile Foundation. She spoke at the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein on Tuesday (05/09), marking successful surgeries that had been completed.Nkosana has had a few successful operations to better his facial condition, which Maguata described as challenging and unfortunate. However, she said the latest surgery had made a huge difference to her only child. “I’m very pleased that this surgery has went well. It gives me great hope in a hopeless world that my child’s condition will ultimately improve to a level that is acceptable,” said Maguata. “It has taken years to get it to this stage, but I never lost hope. I’m also so pleased to get assistance from the different organisations that include the Smile Foundation, and doctors who do not give up, but work tirelessly to remedy Nkosana’s condition. “It certainly has been very hard trying to attempt to improve the condition of my son. I’m grateful to God that He continues helping my child and us, his parents, in every respect. “There is one thing that has never crossed my mind, nor that of his father’s: to abandon this child due to his complex condition.“We are trying to give him love, care and provide for him. He is our gift. “I believe the love and care we give is very critical in his survival, in every surgery and his wellbeing. Every form of assistance we get, is God’s answer to our prayer. “The good that happened lately after undergoing surgery, is that he no longer lifts up part of his skin on the other eye to be able to see. It now happens natural as one would expect and want.” Prof. Fred Jooste, head of the department of plastic surgery, said the operations done to control skin over Nkosana’s eyes have improved the condition and made it possible for him to see with one eye, at least.