Getting Dean Saunders home from hospital.
Dean Saunders was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, a condition that only affects boys. It means that his muscles do not regenerate like they would normally and he loses muscles function over time. He has been in a wheelchair since the age of 10. Last month, Dean stopped breathing and was rushed to the Tembisa hospital, where he has been since.
This email is written from the bottom of my heart. Please read this email so Dean can have the opportunity to go home from hospital, he is in a government hospital and this puts pressure on their limited resources as well.
I met Dean Saunders almost 10 years ago when he was seven years old and what a cutie he was! He is my boyfriend's youngest brother. The family explained to me that Dean was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, and I had to do a lot of research to understand what this disease entailed. In a nutshell, the disease affects boys only (1 in 3600) and it means that his muscles do not regenerate like they would normally and he loses muscles function over time which will lead to death eventually. Sadly there is no cure yet, only trial runs on various drugs.
Over the years Dean deteriorated substantially and when he turned 10 he had to go into a wheelchair as he could no longer walk. He has severe spinal curvature and lives in constant spasm. To top it off, he is the youngest of four boys and he has to live his daily life watching his three older brothers excel at physical sports when he is trapped in his wheelchair with highly restricted movement which decreases as time goes by.
Despite all of this Dean has chosen to live, and live happily! He is a very intelligent and funny young man, and has the most incredible memory. Despite the pain and the discomfort he continues to smile and laugh. His heart is gold.
On Friday 7 November Dean stopped breathing whilst visiting his one brother Daman (23). His last words to Daman where that he wanted to live and Daman must save him! Daman revived him and an ambulance was arranged, he died a further two times in the ambulance and was revived. At the hospital he flat-lined again and was revived. His vitals were poor and the doctors told the family it was time to say goodbye. He needed life support to live. He is at Tembisa hospital (government hospital).
The next day Dean was responding and not brain dead. What a miracle! He was very expressive but scared. Once he relaxed with his family around him he put up a fight to live, and worked hard to start breathing on his own. By the following week the doctors couldn't believe he was still alive and tried to take him off the machine but his lungs were not ready yet and he had to be saved again by the machine.
Last week they performed a tracheotomy with success and he can now breathe through this and not with a pipe down his throat.
Dean wants to go home, but he can only go home if he has the following machines:
1. C-PAP machine with Humidifier
2. Suction machine
Cost is +- R50 000.
A bank account has been opened for his friends and family to donate what they can, but the goal of R50 000 is far from being reached.
Dean’s brother, Daman Saunders has opened an account for Dean’s life support:
Mr Dean Saunders
Bank FNB Festival Mall
Branch code 250655
We won't give up on Dean as he has not given up on himself and he has shown me true inspiration. He is a special angel! See his picture attached, despite it all he is still smiling. He tells us he wants to live!
Please help us, let's bring Dean home to his family. He has done his part, it is now time for us to help him.
Thanks for all you do,
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