December 6, 2022
Tabisa Foster, the mother whose son Anathi became the 10th child to have the heart surgery, has shown gratitude towards Pelo Foundation and the team of doctors that operated her little boy.
Foster, who is from Kwazakhele Township in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, has shared her gratitude to Dr Michael Janson and other staff members that performed the heart surgery to save her child from pain.
The successful operation was conducted at Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital in Cape Town. She reports that her son is doing well and is energetic since he did the operation.
“After my child was assisted by the foundation, I saw it imperative to join the foundation and assist in accumulating funds so that they can assist more children. I think I am a relevant person for the task as I have witnessed the foundation assisting my child,” says Foster.
Foster says that early last year doctors at Dora Nginza Provincial Hospital discovered that Anathi had a heart problem, which she did not even know about.
“At that time I didn’t know anything about CHD or what treatment was needed. Doctors told me that he has to go for surgery, if and when more funds are raised. It sounded serious and I remember thinking that my child was going to die.”
As devastated as she was she continued to have faith that her son will find the right treatment. And a miracle she’d been praying for came true. Anathi was going to have the operation done at Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital.
The 36-year-old mother of two boys has praised the doctors and the hospital staff for making her feel welcome during her stay at the hospital, while her 10-year-old son was admitted.
“The service the hospital is offering to the children is the best and top notch. We were both treated like royalty. Everyone was kind to us. You have showed us humility
that is why I decided to assist the Foundation to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Disease (CHD, something not most people know about,” says Foster.
She urges more people and businesses to also come forward to assist the foundation with whatever they are willing to offer. The visibly energetic Foster has committed herself to use every opportunity to raise awareness about CHD.
“I know the pain of having your child diagnosed with heart disease and not knowing when they will get help. I almost gave up until Pelo Foundation came along.
I want other parents to understand that when your child has heart disease — it’s not the end of the world. I hope that more businesses can support Pelo Foundation,” she says.
Foster is encouraging communities and businesses to assist the foundation in its quest to raise awareness, and funds so that it can continue with its philanthropic work of assisting children suffering from CHD to receive treatment.
For more information you can visit the Pelo Foundation website at https://pelofoundation.org/
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