Many of us have heard the story of Lil Nathan (Nat).
Nathan was born with a rare blood genetic disorder called Fanconi’s Anaemia, which leads to bone marrow failure. As it was for his older sister, doctors determined he would need a bone marrow transplant around age six, or seven. Unfortunately, at age two and a half, after what they thought was a regular stomach upset, his parents were informed that Nat would need the bone marrow transplant as soon as was possible. The procedure would be performed in India, where he would stay with his parents, spending two months in the bone marrow transplant unit, then two more months after, as an outpatient, for chemotherapy, and to ensure that the donated marrow cells engrafted well into his body.
An amount of about $97 000.00 would be required for the surgery, chemo, recovery, and his stay in India. With the help of many well-wishers across the globe, and the most successful $1-campaign using Eco-cash, along with a huge donation from the Ministry of health, the money required was raised in full, and Nat began this journey.
In April this year, Nat received his older brother’s bone marrow stem cell donation. The procedure was a success, and the doctors went on to begin chemotherapy. Unfortunately, his recovery has not gone as smoothly as they imagined. Nat has been experiencing Graft Versus Host Disease (GvHD), a condition that may occur when stem cells used for the transplant came from another person (allogeneic transplant). The donated bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells view the recipient’s body as foreign, and hence attack the body.
As a result, Nat had diarrhea that went on for two months, continuously, at one time passing blood only, about twenty times in a day. Nat stopped talking, stopped feeding, and it all took a toll on his young body, but the excellent team of medical experts working on his case has not tired, working hard to restore his health.
Nat is also fighting Transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA), and Adenovirus, with an extremely high viral load. Adenovirus may cause diarrhea, pneumonia and may also affect the brain and spinal cord.
The doctors have had to try the best kinds of medications, all of them very expensive, and whatever they see as the most effective and most likely to cure Nathan. So, all of a sudden, a few days ago, the family was informed that Nat’s account balance for his care and treatment had dwindled, going to a negative balance, and yet the hospital bills and his overall care cost keep rising.
In order for his treatment to continue, Nat’s family needs to raise $20, 000.00 (£17,000.00) immediately. And there is no knowing how much more they will need after this. His needs are determined one day at a time as doctors react to the various infections attacking his currently vulnerable body.
But we can all jump onto the Save-Nathan-$1-Campaign, or donate through GoFundme, or send money directly to his family. If we all do even the least we can, there is no doubt we can all help Nat’s family see through this financial hiccup.
Nathan has come this far. We cannot let money impede progress when the greater part of the job has gone well already.
*Please note: £3300.- from the currently stated amount raised was used for the initial treatment.*
What we currently have are donations from the *22 June 2018* to date.
Please, donate and share.
Let’s do this for young Nat!
Ecocash : 0772432689 (Account name: Sylvia Sanyanga)
GoFundme: https://www.gofundme.com/help- save-nathan
More info: Natasha and Nathan Sanyanga Zimbabwe
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