Gift an article

Today is the day we’ve been fearing, says baby Mienke’s dad

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Baby Mienke with her dad Ryno Mulder, mom Verna, sisters Zamoné and Leané (Photo: Supplied)
Baby Mienke with her dad Ryno Mulder, mom Verna, sisters Zamoné and Leané (Photo: Supplied)

When Ryno Mulder went in to wake his daughter, Mienke, she was completely still. “It was as if she’d simply stopped breathing,” Ryno says of his little girl.

“But she was so peaceful, her hands relaxed.” Ryno says their eldest daughter, Leané (7), was right behind him when he found Mienke (3).

“So I had to keep my composure. I calmly walked to [his wife] Verna and said, ‘My love, today is the day we’ve been fearing’,” he says. Mienke’s story struck a chord in hearts of people across South Africa in 2017, and people have been following her journey ever since.

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Try FREE for 14 days
Already a subscriber? Sign in