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Desperate Parents in Eastern Cape Launch Fundraising Drive for 2-Year-Old's Liver Transplant

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In a heartfelt plea for help, parents of a two-year-old boy, Silubonile Ziquntu, from Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, are actively trying to raise funds for a seemingly life-saving liver transplant for their critically ill infant. Silubonile was born with a life-threatening disorder know as Bilary Atresia, a disease that traps bile inside the liver, progressively damaging it.

The boy's mother reveals the gravity of his situation, saying that her son is in severe need of the liver transplant. According to her, doctors had initially suggested a surgical procedure right after his diagnosis, but she declined due to a lack of successful testimonies. Her fear was exacerbated by the fact that the only child who had previously undergone the suggested operation didn't survive.

Following her rejection of the suggested procedure, she pursued an alternative solution at another hospital in the hopes of getting her son a liver transplant. Much to her despair, this was also denied. While the doctors at the second facility agreed to assess the extent of liver damage, their conclusion was unfortunately unchanged.

The family now finds themselves in a desperate situation. Tasked with raising funds to afford a liver transplant elsewhere, they're making an earnest appeal to the public to contribute towards their son’s life-saving surgery. It's an emotional and uncertain journey wherein the young boy’s life hangs in the balance.

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