“Please pray for my little boy”. This was a mother’s plea for help on Facebook after her son had suffered 30 seizures in a day.
Linda Botha, a single mother of 5 from Springs, has been trying to keep her faith through the hardships she’s been enduring. Her 10-year-old son, Reynhardt suffered 30 seizures this past weekend and was admitted in a paediatric ICU at the Life Springs Parkland Clinic. Doctor’s at the clinic said that they’ve never seen ‘so many seizures in one day, in a little body’.
Linda’s Facebook message read, “Please Pray for my little Boy, He had 7 Seizures at home today, 16 in Casualties and again 7 Seizures in The East Wing and then they decided to send him to ICU. 30 Seizures in one day (Worst kind ever). Doctors never saw something like that in their lives.
Reynhardt’s seizures were a result of the constant bullying he endured at his school from three grade 7 boys. He has suffered so severely that his body gave into the immense anxiety and stress resulting in these seizures. His mother was devastated to hear this.
Linda says that Reynhardt only started recently to express that he didn’t want to go school but she had no idea what was happening. Reynhardt’s father has taken the matter up with the school but unfortunately, the damage cannot be undone. Reynhardt is in Paediatrics ICU at Parkland at this moment. “I'm not allowed to stay over, feels like my whole world is falling apart,” says Linda.
Linda has medical aid. However, it doesn’t cover the CT scans and other tests needed to diagnose Reynhardt’s medical condition. She’s required to pay R3,213 before the scans and tests are done.
To add to her hardships, Linda’s car was stolen after she lost her job and couldn’t pay her water and electricity bill for this month. She’s been using her mother’s old car which has mechanical issues at most times. Linda’s support has been her church and friends.
It was one of Linda’s friends, Elmarie van Wyk, who reached out to Good Morning Angels for assistance or some sort of ‘miracle in the storm’ for her good friend. Linda’s miracle came in a form of a R65,000 contribution from LottoStar and Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels. The contribution will go towards Reynhardt’s outstanding medical costs and treatment, Linda’s car, food and other basic necessities for the family.
LottoStar previously assisted families in need through our ‘With Love’ campaign with Jacaranda FM earlier this year and this ‘miracle’ contribution was from the remaining funds.
We wish little Reynhardt a speedy recovery!