MONIQUE LEE’S (25) face brightened up as she described to Express Northern Cape her little son’s passion and how his smile was the only thing that kept her going on a daily basis.
This mother from Roodepan quit her job in order to give her son, Cody Lee (3), her full attention after he had been diagnosed with A-plus group cerebral palsy.
She revealed everything during an exclusive interview when Mac Jack, the acting MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, presented her son with a Gait Walker Trainer as a Christmas present.
The presentation is a follow-up on a commitment that was undertaken by the Treasury Department on Friday, 4 December, at the NCPT Men’s Dialogue that was held at the Protea Hotel.
At the event, the department presented the Lee family with a symbolic cheque of R70 000 as commitment that the assistive device would be procured and delivered to them in due time.
According to her, she still believes that her son will one day walk on his own two feet through her support, just like other children.
She even went as far as to argue with doctors every time they told her that he would not make it.
“Cody was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after being born at six months, and escaped death four times. He also beat the odds by surviving many procedures and illnesses, like second grade brain bleeding and two cataract operations,” Lee said.
“I was still very young and knew nothing, but that made me grow as a mother. I even went into post-natal depression before I started knocking at many doors and did a lot of research about his condition.
“I was fortunate enough to have the support of my family and I used the money from my employment payout to keep on consulting.”
A grateful Monique was excited about the donation from the department and said it would pave the way for her to start looking for and finding a job again.
The donated chair is like a walking ring with straps to secure the patient. However, little Cody is doing so well that the doctors say he will not be using it for long.
In an effort of support the family hosted their own fund-raising initiatives and saved up to R12 000. Lee said she would use this to buy something else to assist in Cody’s development.
“This was truly a helping hand, as we cannot all survive on the salary of Cody’s father anymore.
“I really want to thank the community at large, including businesses, for supporting all the fund-raising initiatives like raffles, donations and braai days that we ran.”
“ He also beat the odds by surviving many procedures and illnesses, like second grade brain bleeding and two cataract operations.