Joburg mom opens up heart and wallet to help boy born without penis

By Mieke Vlok
05 June 2015

A mother of seven was so touched by the story of a North-West boy who was born without a penis, that she has sponsored his medical trip to Cape Town later this month.

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After reading about the five-year-old’s plight on News24, company director Nomfundo Molefe, 37, secured flights and a night in a Midrand hotel for him, his brother and parents, as well as transport to the airport.

The family, who had been stressing about finances for the trip, were taken aback by Molefe's generosity.

“I was dumbstruck. She doesn’t even know us… You always hear stories, but this is a new perspective and there is good in people still,” the boy’s mother Judy said on Wednesday morning.

The boy was born with a rare birth defect called epispadias. His urethra did not fully develop, meaning he had to pass urine from a hole in his groin area.

Now, after several operations, the boy is able to urinate through a specially inserted tube, but this breaks often and results in serious bladder infections.

A paediatric urologist at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital is set to draw up a plan of action once the boy undergoes several tests on June 29.

'It touched me'

Molefe said she got a fright when she read the story because she wondered what she would do if that were her child.

“It touched me when his mother said she would sell anything in her house so he could get an operation,” she said from Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“I forwarded the story to my friends and something was whispering in my ear to do something.”

Molefe has two biological sons, aged 12 and 17, and five adopted children, who are her cousins’ offspring.

The first thing she did was sit down with her children to consult them about the boy’s plight. Her youngest wanted to know if her big news was that she was adopting another child or getting married, she said with a laugh.

“My children actually had tears in their eyes and said 'fine, we will come with you even though it is a little scary'.”

Molefe and her boys were set to meet Judy, her husband and their two boys for the first time in their home town next weekend.

“I am excited because I am going to start buying toys for the little boys,” Molefe said.

She could not wait to befriend the 5-year-old and give him hugs and kisses.

Judy was equally excited. She had been sending photos of her family to Molefe, including one of her "champ" in a Spider-Man costume, and hoped to make potjiekos.

The family will spend two days sightseeing in the Mother City before the boy is admitted to hospital.


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