News24 users reach out to brave Megan

2012-09-21 12:51

Pretoria - A trust has been set up for an 8-year-old girl whose leg was amputated after it became infected with a particularly dangerous bacteria.

Megan Croucamp 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, Beeld reported.

But this week the brave little girl told doctors at Steve Biko hospital to remove her right leg.

Her mother, Irene, told News24 that Megan was in a great deal of pain but she was getting her colour back.

“She’s complaining that she can still feel her toes but [doctors] call that a ghost feeling.

“But she’s very strong and positive.”

Now her parents have to start saving for a prosthetic leg.

News24 users touched by the child’s heart-warming story inundated the site with offers to help.

A trust has been set up for Megan. The details are as follows:

Megan's Angel
Standard Bank Gezina (Pretoria)
0131 42909
Cheque account

  • Xolile.namane - 2012-09-21 13:04

    Good initiative,I love it

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-09-21 13:18

      Previous article had a huge uptake... this one's kind of slow... come on people!

      denny.cray - 2012-09-21 13:25

      @Klippies - yeah but still quite fresh. I (and at least one other) have already cross posted in the bank details in the previous article's comment section.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-21 14:19

      Brave little girl - and so beautiful :). Be blessed little one and still continue reaching for the stars!

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-21 13:07

    Yay! Doing my deposit now!

      bryan.nicholson.33 - 2012-09-21 17:35

      Me to. Made my deposit! Good luck to this beautiful girl!

  • sk.malatsi - 2012-09-21 13:20

    poor as I am, I will make a contribution.

      stuka.nel - 2012-09-21 13:40

      shaggers..if you did so will I.

      msophiasharp - 2012-09-21 13:53

      I am going to add R100.00

      stuka.nel - 2012-09-21 13:54

      Psalm's so nice to give even it's just a little.

      bow.hunter.1884 - 2012-09-21 15:41

      R200 from me

  • marinalagrange - 2012-09-21 13:21

    In addition to helping dear little Megan, please help to prevent others from losing limbs and 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 your health and the lives of others at risk! (And wasting money, of course.) Educate yourselves for everyone's sake, or you'll be helping to breed more superbugs.

      barker.ruing - 2012-09-21 13:54

      We also have to ask why bacteriaphages are not used to combat these harmful bacteria, so much better than antibiotics. Carte Blanche did a show on this a few years ago, also Google it to get a better understanding how it works and why it is not commonly used(will put drug companies out of business).

      barker.ruing - 2012-09-21 14:04

      Sorry, the word is bacteriophages

  • fifi.stewart.71 - 2012-09-21 13:23

    God bless you litle Megan may you achieve much in life despite your loss. May Jesus always be with you.

  • drishworth - 2012-09-21 13:25

    Thanks New24 for communicating the detail. A brave little girl who has touched the hearts of many with her courage - wow! I'm sure she has a long road to travel but with her attitude she'll travel far!

  • seanread.crisp - 2012-09-21 13:28

    Faith in humanity - Restored

  • loraine.r.theron - 2012-09-21 13:33

    That Staph Aureus bacteria is a bastard! My daughter had to have a total hip replacement a month ago at the age of 21! All started after she had to have a MRI scan @ a private hospital!

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-21 13:42

    This kid has the bravery and character to overcome all! Maybe see you in the Olympics in a few years little one, may God bless and keep you. In the mean time, k-ching! Hope it helps a bit!

      msophiasharp - 2012-09-21 14:09

      I've done my k-ching as you put it and if we can give to Avril Elizabeth, Jhb Care of the Aged, Institute for the Blind, etc. then why not to worthy cause such as this...

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-21 14:51

      totally msophiasharp I mean this kid is my sons age!!! I cannot possibly think of seeing him in this position! Hell - i'd never be able to tell a doc, here, cut it off.

      msophiasharp - 2012-09-21 14:56

      Neither could I even imagine what it must be like (even as a parent) with my son being 33 years old and being only child, but yes, it takes a special person such as this little girl and she deserves every bit of good that comes her way....

  • Makhavele - 2012-09-21 14:32

    I can't believe a natural normal human being could say what you just said Tshepiso about litle cute girl. I'm black but Tshepiso I demand an apology from you.

      jonivdw - 2012-09-21 14:40

      I see he or N24 deleted his comment! This is a good news story, this is a uniting story and the best N24 experience for me after a rough week! We've finished on a high thanks to the bravery of a little 8 yr old girl! Greg Vos owner of the prosthesis company which offered to make her first prosthesis for free has made contact with N24 and they're going to put him in contact with the family..... We did that! As a collective, as a nation our passion and compassion did that! Wow imagine what mountains we could move if we just did all these random acts of kindness everyday!

      daniele.zanato - 2012-09-21 14:44

      @Makhavele, I'm not sure what was said because it looks like the post was deleted but your response is admirable. This place is usually full of stupid, racist morons with nothing better to do that fuel their own hatred. Well played.

  • michelle.bonthuysrossouw - 2012-09-21 14:49

    Little Meg I did my deposit, and getting all my family members to deposit also Hope it helps big time little one :-) Lots of hugs and kisses x0x0x0x0

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-21 14:56

    Awesome , Donation made

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-09-21 14:57

    Megan you are a cutie and I would LOVE to help... but alas finances do not allow for it. Instead, I will offer my support and never complain about anything again- after all, if an EIGHT year old can put up with what she's been through, who am I to complain about a headache?

  • lelanil - 2012-09-21 15:07

    Donation done! Great story and a very brave act!

  • braam.colangelo - 2012-09-21 15:11

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help. Your story is so inspiring - always thin of Natalie du Toit - you can be her if you want to....

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-21 15:13

    News24 we want a follow up on this please , with all the help from the people on here she should be walking soon , Thanks to All !

  • jonivdw - 2012-09-21 15:14

    Hey Everyone remember to share this to your Facebook and twitter... She's going to need a new prosthesis every couple of months as she grows so we're going to need a whole bunch more donating.... I'm waiting for Beeld to put me in contact with the family as I'd like to help create awareness, help them set up Facebook page and try get corporates involved.... If you're keen to help let me know here! What with all the trolls I won't put my email addy up until I've created a separate email addy! Look for it over the weekend if you're keen! The potential for us to pay this forward and help other young amputees is ENORMOUS! Happy Heritage Day South Africa enjoy your long weekend and please all be safe!

      irenemonene.croucamp - 2012-11-11 19:00 thanks for every one and news 24

  • Kim - 2012-09-21 15:15

    This story is My South Africa, we are a nation that pull together.

  • alfie.dunn - 2012-09-21 15:25

    Very good initiative for a brave little girl. Megan...God bless you and your family.

  • charles.szente - 2012-09-21 15:32

    Done! Hope it all adds up to more than just giving her a leg up!

  • david.morty.5 - 2012-09-21 15:59

    What a brave little girl - I am sure she would appreciate a visit from Oscar Pistorius. Hopefully some benefactor will come forward who will sponsor an artificial leg for her.

      jonivdw - 2012-09-21 16:13

      Greg Vos from has committed to provide her first prosthesis! How awesome is that? We're raising funds for the others she'll need as she grows!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-22 10:23

    Sweet hospitality and authentic lov the essence of humanity.Keep on your courage and confidence you angel for you have got bright future.May God be with you.

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