Follow up on Bridgette Dos Santos
On Wednesday, 17 August 2011, Good Morning Angles introduced you to 15-year old Bridgette dos Santos. She was desperately ill and in need of a liver transplant. What amazed us, was that she was not down at all. In the face of her illness and the fact that it would cost around a million rand to cure her, she was strong and doing her best to raise her own funds. At the time, doctors told her that she had to get the transplant within three months...
which meant she had three months to get the whopping million together. First, she created a Facebook page: BridgetteLivertransplant, to share her story and get support. Then, she got some friends to help her record a CD, which she launched and sold at a school concert. Good Morning Angels contributed R100 000,00 and asked for support. A month later, her liver-fund was at R150 000,00 - with only two months to go, a far cry from what was needed.
We invited Bridgette and her uncle, whom she was staying with at the time, to the studio on 21 September 2011 and asked our listeners to open your hearts. The response was mind mind-bogglingley swift. Within an hour, thanks to contributions from between a R100 and R10 000, the fund was up to R350 000,00! And then, two calls made the final difference ...
To this day, the generous benefactors, who donated R100 000,00 and R600 000,00 respectively, do not want ant recognition or mention of their donations: strangers who just wanted to help and make a difference:
Tears of joy flowed freely and the relief on Bridgette's face was worth so much more than the Million Rand that was raised. But, that was just the start.
Bridgette's health improved significantly, the doctors said because of the positive support and the fact that the stress over the money was relieved. And, then there was still the matter of finding al suitable liver.
On Monday, 1 October 2012, Bridgette got the call - a liver had been found.
At 6pm she was in the operating theatre of the Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg. The operation took six hours.
Bridgette was wheeled into the ICU, where she stayed for about a week, before her transfer to a normal ward.
And today, healthy Bridgette-Had-a-Livertransplant is in studio with us.
We called the person who made the R600 000,00 donation to pass on the good news. His response: We've been following developments on Facebook.
His message to Bridgette" "Hang in there baby..."
Bridgette dos Santos needs a liver transplant.. The operation costs R900 000. The state is only prepared to pay R250 00. Please help her! Two weeks ago the doctor told her she doesn't have much time left to live!
She is doing everything they can. She organized a concert for all the school children in Gauteng, where they can get a chance to show off their talents that they got from God..
Please help her.. She only has a little hope left. Help her show what wonders God can do!
Her facebook ID is BRIDGETTE LIVERTRANSPLANT. Please call me if you need any more info.
Help a 15 year old's dreams come true! Please.. It's all she needs..
Verskoon as ek heeltemal voor op die wa is om hierdie e-pos direk aan jou te rig.
Ek is ‚??n Oos-Moot ma en kry altyd ‚??n lekker warm gevoel in my hart, as jy so trots van jou Almamater oor die radio gesels. Ek self was in ‚??n ander ho√ęrskool, maar is nou ‚??n trostse Oosie ma met ‚??n seun in Gr 11 en ‚??n dogter in Gr 9.
Saam my kinders is daar nou ‚??n dogter (Gr 10) wat ‚??n leweroorplanting nodig het. Haar naam is Bridgette dos Santos (die kinders praat van haar as Bridgette Livertransplant ‚?? dis haar FB naam). Die kind moet ‚??n verstommende R900 000.00 hiervoor insamel.
Dit bring my by die rede vir my brief. Hoe maak mens om in aanmerking te kom vir Good Morning Angels? Ek besef die bedrag wat sy nodig het, is verb o dit wat julle gewoonlik skenk (ek luister altyd daarna en is te dankbaar as ek nie bestuur nie , want ek huil altyd meer as die mense wat gehelp word!) maar elke bietjie help!
Ek sal dit so waardeer as jy my raad kan gee. Ek was nog nooit betrokke by so ‚??n fondsinsameling nie en ek ken ook nie die mense wat tans haar probeer help nie. Ek kyk net na my meisiekind en weet hoe verlore ek sou wees, as sy Bridgette was. Ek sal sorg dat al die inligting wat jy my moontlik mee kan help, aangestuur word na die organiseerders. Hulle is tans besig met ‚??n projek op FB. Ek verstaan nie mooi hoe en wat hulle doen nie. Ek weet net dat sy ‚??n konsert gaan hou einde van Augustus waar sy self gaan optree.
Baie dankie dat jy my uitluister of dan lees aan die brief. Ek is oortuig dat jy sal verstaan waar ek vandaan kom, en hoe my ma-hart dink en voel.
Nogmaals dankie ‚?? ek hoop om gou van jou te hoor.
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