Liver Patient Awaiting Donor

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By Frederick Philander WINDHOEK An extra amount of N$120ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 is still needed for Simone Lawrence, the 16-month-old Namibian liver-transplant patient, her grandfather announced Wednesday during a New Era interview. Sammy Lawrence expressed his family’s profound gratitude to the Namibian public for contributing N$50ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 towards the estimated costs of N$500ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 needed for a complicated liver-transplant operation to be done at the children’s Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town. “Presently, my granddaughter is suffering from a serious infection and is on a heavy antibiotic treatment, in itself a very expensive medical application. Simone is presently awaiting a donor. The moment a donor is found, she will have to be operated on within eight hours,” said the child’s concerned grandfather. The social club of the main branch of Standard Bank staged a Big Walk over the weekend from the capital to Rehoboth to help raise N$20ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 towards the costs of little Simone’s medical expenses. “The Namibian medical scheme under which my granddaughter is covered, will contribute an amount of N$350ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 towards the medical expenses for the operation which needs to be done as a matter of urgency. The child was born sixteen months ago with a liver defect. We are confident our granddaughter will get a donor and that we will get the extra money needed for the operation,” Lawrence said. Among those who have so far contributed towards this cause are: the staff of the American Embassy in the capital, Standard Bank and the Namibian Breweries. “Our next fund-raising effort for the operation is a formal social-dance event on November 17 in the Khomasdal Civic Centre. Musician Whani Jansen, Simone’s second grandfather, and others will provide the music as part of our fund-raising efforts. We invite all people wanting to support our efforts to attend the social event,” said Lawrence. Individuals and companies wanting to make financial contributions can contact Sammy Lawrence on telephone numbers: 320-4055 or 081-128-5628. Those wishing to make direct financial contributions can do so at Bank Windhoek’s Main Branch, Account Number 2000163472.