NiQi needs your help

2018-07-18 06:00
A fundraiser will be held for NiQi During on July 28 to raise awareness about organ donation.PHOTO: supplied

A fundraiser will be held for NiQi During on July 28 to raise awareness about organ donation.PHOTO: supplied

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BEING diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just six months old, NiQi During says the hospital has been a second home for her for many years.

Now, after receiving a vital organ donation, she faces even more issues, least of all the growing debt her condition has left her with.

During stayed in Pietermaritzburg, until Grade 8, before she was required to move to Pretoria for medical reasons.

It was in Pretoria when she was at her lowest point; needing a wheelchair to move around, a machine for oxygen and being confined to her home.

After being told she had two and half years to live, During then had an assessment done at Mills Park Hospital in Johannesburg where she was put on the waiting list for a lung transfer.

While all this was going on, During was not on a medical aid and, once she applied, she had to wait a whole year to be approved due to her having previously diagnosed conditions.

“So, basically after being told I had two and a half years to live, I was then told that one of those years had to be spent waiting for my medical aid to kick in so that I could afford the transfer,” said During.

She then moved back to Pietermaritzburg in the interim, to be closer to home and to make herself feel better because, as she put it, she was not ready to die.

“It was then, in February 2017, that I was told there was a lung for me. I was in ICU for three weeks and suffered from extreme hallucinations due to the medication. I also needed to be taught to walk again after the operation,” said During.

Thereafter, she lived 10 months of a good life, free of major complications, up until this year when her body started going into a phase of rejection.

“I have not been home for longer than two months this year and have been in and out of hospital again.”

With a fluctuating income due to work difficulties experienced by her father, her rising medical bills have taken its toll on During and her family, even though they are on medical aid.

As such, Dot O’Neil has taken it upon herself to help During and her family through various fundraising initiatives.

O’Neil is currently on the lookout for any donations for a fundraiser to be held at the end of the month titled, “A Fabulous and Festive Soiree”.

The event is an evening of light music and entertainment comprising of tables of 12 at R 100 per person.

During said that, as much as they are using the event to raise funds to pay for her medical bills, they are also using it as a way to highlight the importance of organ donations.

“I recently just lost a friend because he was on the waiting list for a transfer and it really hurt. I would really love to use this event to highlight the importance of organ donation and how it can save lives.”

For any enquiries about the fundraiser please contact Dot O’Neil at 083 297 0582.

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