Kerry McNamara from Pretoria received a donation of R18,000 from LottoStar so that she can finally receive joint replacement surgery on four fingers in her left hand. The donation forms part of the contributions from LottoStar’s How Lucky Can You Get? competition with Jacaranda FM.
From the age of 17, Kerry was diagnosed with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. She also suffers from osteoporosis. The swelling in her joints caused her to experience limb deformities which made it impossible for her to use her hands.
The original request to Good Morning Angels came from an angel named, Dr Helene Basson, from Operation Healing Hands. In her request she states that before Kerry’s illness progressed, she used to work in the restaurant business – Kerry loves cooking and baking.
Since her diagnosis, Kerry is currently unemployed and receives a disability grant.
Kerry’s main hope after she receives her joint replacement surgery is to design gadgets for people with rheumatoid arthritis and other medical challenges. She would also like to be able to hold a dumbbell and do weight training.
Thanks to LottoStar and Operation Healing Hands, Kerry will receive joint replacement surgery which is scheduled for the 30th of June 2021 at Cure Day Hospital Erasmus. Kerry is excited and looks forward to finally being able to use her hands to do what she loves.
The R18,000 donation from Lottostar will be covering the costs of theatre time and consumable needed.