Kuruman girl needs kidney

The Kidneys. 3D rendered anatomical illustration.
Written by Mpho Lekgetho

Nine-year old Danielle Brink of Wrenchville in Kuruman can no longer go to school because of kidney failure.

Her kidney problems were first diagnosed in 2007.

“She is on medication. She has uncontrollable hypertension and the reason why she had to stop going to school is because she must take her medicines four times a day and that needs observation,”  said family member Louisa Brink.

Danielle has to see her doctor at Kimberley Hospital and another at Bloemfontein Universitas Hospital each once a month

“It is difficult to cope with her condition because she is the third child and has three siblings and I am parenting them singlehandedly and also have a job so that at the end of the day we should be able to survive, “ said her mother Juliet Meyer.

“We spending money almost every day.  We would like to thank some of the community members who have been so helpful and supportive by donating and fundraising some money for the child to go to Kimberley. It is difficult for us because sometimes we don’t have money and the condition changes,” says Fransiena Meyer, another family member.

Louise Bring said what the family really wanted was a kidney.

“We have been told the machine that will help her is very expensive, so we can’t afford it.”

Medication and travelling costs for Danielle have cost the family more than R80 000 so far.

The family hopes to find a kidney donor.

About the author

Mpho Lekgetho

Mpho Lekgetho is our citizen journalists based in Kuruman at the John Taolo Gaetsewe District in the Northern Cape. She has a qualification in Industrial Psychology from Unisa. Mpho is a former radio presenter at Kurara community radio station. She is currently working as a data collector for HSRC and is also a chairperson of the JTG Civil Society Forum and co-chairs District Aids Council.

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