Donations to a non-profit child medical help fund have gone missing: ‘It feels surreal that the money can be gone’

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Sone and her son Nathan van Aswegen who needs surgery to remove a benign tumour on his left foot. (PHOTO: Supplied)
Sone and her son Nathan van Aswegen who needs surgery to remove a benign tumour on his left foot. (PHOTO: Supplied)

It was a place of hope – a place where desperate parents could share heartrending tales about their children’s debilitating medical conditions. And sometimes people were so moved by these stories they opened their hearts and wallets so the sick kids could get the treatment they so urgently needed.

Over four years the non-profit organisation Child Medi attracted at least 36 000 followers to its Facebook page, many of whom donated generously to help cover astronomical medical bills.

One of the kids who benefited was Nathan van Aswegen (now 3) from Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, who was born with an enlarged foot, the result of a benign tumour. The condition caused his left foot to grow twice as fast as his right, making it impossible for him to balance or wear shoes as he got older.

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