Cut off my leg, girl, 8, tells doctor

2012-09-21 09:12

Pretoria - Megan Croucamp may only be 8 years old but this brave little girl told her doctor to go ahead and cut off her leg, which had been the cause of great pain and discomfort to the little girl.

“I told the doctor: Cut it off,” she said on Thursday from her hospital bed at the Steve Biko hospital in Pretoria, reported Beeld.

Megan had become infected with the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria as a 3-year-old and had battled serious pain, discomfort and close to 17 operations over the past few years.

“All we could do for her was give her pain pills, which later didn’t work anymore,” said Megan’s father, Pieter.  

But after the amputation, the little girl said: “I feel better now.”

They would now begin saving for a prosthetic leg.

  • christopher.laurenz.5 - 2012-09-21 09:15

    Wow...strong little girl. May you be a Natahlie Du Toit in your own right.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-09-21 09:19

    brave little one i salute u,hope your recovery is speedy

  • gregmcdavid - 2012-09-21 09:20

    Hard core little girl...

  • makhobotloane - 2012-09-21 09:20

    you are so brave girl I wish God can give you many yearz 2come

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-09-21 09:21

    JA u will be the next big thing, God be with you!

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-09-21 11:08

      dougpf, let me tell you this: the message was not for you. if you think what you think, keep to yourself. Idiot

      jonivdw - 2012-09-21 12:36

      Doug, you're detracting from a story here... Please this is not your platform... Take it elsewhere or save it for another day! Pretty pretty please just for today can we have something good on News24?

      sean.stretch.3 - 2012-09-21 12:45

      wow Doug! do you think this could've happened for a reason and this girl could grow up with a very special outlook on life? and go on to achieve amazing things because of this? life is a very special mysterious thing, why discount what you have no way of knowing? I think you might be the one with a closed mind.

      Cherri - 2012-09-21 13:15

      @dougpf - go spread your nastiness somewhere else and stop trying to hijack this thread to get your message across, loser.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 14:04

      dougpf. What is it with you God haters?. Sour to the bone the lot of you.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-21 09:25

    How can we help to get this little girl her leg ?

      marinalagrange - 2012-09-21 12:48

      PLEASE everyone, help prevent other little girls from losing limbs or lives by using antibiotics correctly! If you take antibiotics for flu, coughs, tummy bugs, acute bronchitis, sniffles, and other viral infections then you are putting health and the lives of others at risk! (And wasting your money, of course.) Educate yourselves for everyone's sake, or you'll be helping to breed more superbugs.

      denny.cray - 2012-09-21 13:20

      @Inhlanzi - Money where your mouth is please :) Call yourself whatever you will. Megan's Angel Standard Bank Gezina (Pretoria) 0131 42909 Cheque account I've done mine.

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-21 09:25

    Wow, a brave brave little girl.... Would love to get involved in raising money for your prosthesis! News24 how can we get in contact with the family?

      jonivdw - 2012-09-21 10:14

      I've just used the N24 contact link at the bottom of the page & asked for the details and recommended N24 get involved. Just read on the Beeld article she will require a new prosthesis every 6 months... Her mother is not employed while her Father is... They're going to need lots of help ensuring this brave little girl can reach her full potential.... Perhaps if enough of us contact N24 they'll do something....

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-09-21 09:26

    Wow what a mature little girl! Hope she can get a prosthetic leg soon!

      dracolusus - 2012-09-21 10:47

      I hope people actually club together and help the family out with buying one.

  • craig.lott.589 - 2012-09-21 09:35

    the next report from news24 MUST have the donation details..Ifv they can report it, they can support it. Just have to be careful of scams. I will support Megan. Sterkte skattie ons wens jou alles van die beste vorentoe!!!

  • bern1975 - 2012-09-21 09:38

    I wonder how much of her braveness can be attributed to the coverage we're getting on events like the paralympics. It is showing us that there is no shame in being an amputee. Rather get on with life!

  • keikantseng.ruth - 2012-09-21 09:41

    Brave little girl...big up to you!

  • dimitri.williams.397 - 2012-09-21 09:46

    Very brave little girl. She should be an inspiration to other people suffering who are to scared to take the leap this little girl has taken.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-21 09:48

    Megan you are an inspiration to many of us who suffer from ails and pains not near as what you have experienced and give us courage to go on.

  • marlon.roebeck - 2012-09-21 09:48

    The word brave is a understatement.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-09-21 09:52

    You are such a brave little girl. Get well soon and hope you are now free from pain.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-09-21 09:55

    Courageous pretty face.Be strong allways.

  • debbie.bolton.127 - 2012-09-21 09:55

    OMW, this has bought a big lump to my throat, shame poor little angel.with or without limbs u still perfect

  • frank.crane.180 - 2012-09-21 09:55

    Start a fund for her new leg.

  • karenadawkins - 2012-09-21 09:56

    only when we getting older do become scared ...been little you so brave... i wish i had her spirit as an adult - good on you and pray for you to get your new leg soon!

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-09-21 09:58

    Tjoh brave gal indeed. May all things go well. Eish am afraid

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-09-21 09:58

    Tjoh brave gal indeed. May all things go well. Eish am afraid

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-09-21 09:58

    Tjoh brave gal indeed. May all things go well. Eish am afraid

  • konfab - 2012-09-21 09:59

    Reminds me of Dr House...

  • TankTammy - 2012-09-21 10:00

    What a brave little girl! I hope she recovers speedily and that her life will be abundantly blessed.

  • SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-09-21 10:07

    Just when I thought SA'ans can't agree on anything...there's hope for us yet.

  • delish7564 - 2012-09-21 10:09

    What a sweetheart. Thoughts are with you angel....hopefully you wont have to wait too long. You are incredibly brave, your parents must be very proud, I know I would be if you were my daughter!!!! xx

  • steven.berry.319 - 2012-09-21 10:12

    Besides donations, surely one of the Medical aid or people who make the legs could SPONSOR this girl?

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-21 10:13

    I've just used the N24 contact link at the bottom of the page & asked for the details and recommended N24 get involved. Just read on the Beeld article she will require a new prosthesis every 6 months... Her mother is not employed while her Father is... They're going to need lots of help ensuring this brave little girl can reach her full potential.... Perhaps if enough of us contact N24 they'll do something....

  • braam.colangelo - 2012-09-21 10:14

    Start a fund we can and will contribute forward details to

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-21 10:20

    May u recover,without cutting ur leg Megan.

      jonivdw - 2012-09-21 10:25

      Hey Fort, if you look at her pic she's already had it amputated.... Now it's a case of saving for her new prosthesis! Brave beautiful child!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-21 11:23

      Sorry,i didnt knw.

  • pierre.smit.7921 - 2012-09-21 10:32

    Start a fund yes...but how ? I'm new at this...anybody ??? Very brave little girl

      frank.crane.180 - 2012-09-21 10:49

      If somebody would contact a accounting firm like Deloit to manage / control the fund so contributors fell "safe" and publish the detail of the bank etc. But a warning check the detail their are cons everywhere .

  • minibotes - 2012-09-21 10:45

    Brave little girl. A true little fighter. My dad had the same thing and after 2 years of being in hospital and 14 surgeries he told the doctors to amputate. If I think how he fought the bug and the pain he endured I feel for this little girl.

  • zaid.ali.50999 - 2012-09-21 10:48

    @dougpf - You clearly indicate that you do not have any direction in life and that you are ignorant. Do you know that the doctor may ask God to help him in treatment off this little girl. Think before you comment, for God as even given people like you brains as well.

  • msard - 2012-09-21 11:05

    Courages and strong are the words that come to mind to this Beautiful 8 year old girl from Pretoria. May the Lord God Bless you and give you the strength you so much deserve !

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-21 11:16

    What a difficult choice to have to make at such a young age. Hope all goes well into the future. Thumbs up to doctors and science.

  • riaan.v.vuuren - 2012-09-21 11:18

    Can I make a donation to her new prosthetic leg ? I would like to help.

  • andre.fourie.980 - 2012-09-21 11:25

    Brave little girl.

  • derekgsx - 2012-09-21 11:44

    Agree with comments above. Megan you are a very brave girl! We are in the prosthetic business. And we would like to sponsor Megan her first prosthesis. Can anybody forward me the details of the family? Contact Number? So that I can follow up our offer. Here's our website to verify the legitimacy of our offer: Furthermore, I would second the initiation of the prosthetic fund for Megan for future expenses. Reason being she is still young and growing, and will require re-fits as time goes along, and as she outgrows her prosthesis. Also, as time goes on and she requires more advanced prosthetic componentry, these too have financial implications.

      jonivdw - 2012-09-21 12:18

      Wow what a generous gesture. Should N24 come back to me with the details I'll let you know! Thank you!

      derekgsx - 2012-09-21 12:23

      Should anyone get contact details. Please forward to email Thanks

      louwc - 2012-09-21 12:34

      Good on you for offering the first one free - I would then recommend if the fund is set up that those funds are used with you company for the re-fits as she grows as a sign of apprecition for your donation!!!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 14:16

      Derekgsx. All God's blessings to you. A big heart and a big man go together.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 14:25

      Derekgsx. I am sure you can contact her parents via the Steve Biko hospital. Thanks again.

  • jako.merwe - 2012-09-21 11:49

    How can i help with prosthetic?

  • adele.hoffman - 2012-09-21 11:59

    The parents will start "saving for a prosthetic leg".....where can we donate money for this little girl?

  • pngee - 2012-09-21 12:04

    Good Day everyone, who will join me in donating towards a prosthetic leg for Megan, please lets set up a fund account so people can donate. I pledge R1000 towards it, my Mobile No is 0783325309.

      jonivdw - 2012-09-21 12:28

      Me, I'll match your R1000. And challenge everyone to donate as much or as little as they can afford.... Every cent will help here!

      jako.merwe - 2012-09-21 12:47

      Im in

      Lourenstrieg - 2012-09-21 13:30

      I will also donate R1000.00. ph:0824934094

      myfriendshane - 2012-09-21 19:13

      WOW !!

  • heiku.staude - 2012-09-21 12:33

    She wins badass of the year award.

  • natascha.morton.7 - 2012-09-21 12:38

    courageous girl and so brave. speedy recovery and i agree, may you one day be a Natalie du Toit in your own right

  • rlong1952 - 2012-09-21 12:38

    What a great kid and some really great people who are offering help. Just wonder about the people giving her the thumbs down (indirectly) and about those who are trying to turn this into a religious debate. Sad people, get a life and do something positive, like contributing some money. It would be great if we could get an account number for a donation.

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-21 12:52

    Yay! N24 just mailed me... They're putting up a follow up article now with details of a trust! See your donations in there! Being payday before a long weekend for some of us!

  • pngee - 2012-09-21 13:12

    Dear All, There is a fund set up for this young lady as follows: Megan's Angel, Standard Bank, Gezina, branch code Pretoria. It is a cheque Account No 013142909. Lets try make a difference!!

  • lloyd.venske - 2012-09-21 13:31

    A brave little girl indeed, she is destined for great things

  • lani.dewet.3 - 2012-09-21 14:05

    What a trooper!! Good luck angel, so strong at such a tender age....

  • pngee - 2012-09-21 14:05

    Dear Megan supporters the fund to assist Mean is: Megans Angel, Standard Bank Gezina, Cheque Account, Branch Code 014845 and Acc No: 013142909. Please remember that in 6 months Megan will have grown out of her prosthesis so lets adopt Megan and keep her up and about.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 14:09

    Brave child. How can we help?.