Surgery in US only hope for brave Bay girl

Ashleigh Botha and her family and friends are trying to raise R1.8-million for surgery to save her life. Picture: Brian Witbooi.
Ashleigh Botha and her family and friends are trying to raise R1.8-million for surgery to save her life. Picture: Brian Witbooi.

A BRAVE survivor of several complicated medical procedures and an extremely rare medical condition, Ashleigh Botha faces an uphill battle to live. The 21-year-old, from Seaview on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, and her family and friends are trying to raise R1.8-million for surgery to save her life.

They received some good news yesterday when South African Airways and lowcost airline Mango offered to cover costs for Ashleigh and her mother, Colleen, to fly to Johannesburg and Cleveland, in Ohio in the US – the only place in the world where she can be helped.

Ashleigh was diagnosed at 15 with intimal fibromuscular dysplasia, after suffering for four years with debilitating and painful symptoms.

It is an extremely rare disease – she is the only person known to have it in South Africa – which causes abnormal cellular growth in the big and medium arteries.

 – Estelle Ellis 

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2 thoughts on “Surgery in US only hope for brave Bay girl

  • April 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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    Juan your explanation is written from the heart and every single word is totally true.
    Thank you does not cover the appreciation we have towards you.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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    My cousin, Ashleigh, is one of the most amazing young ladies that I have ever met. She is a true inspiration to all family and friends; never complaining about her illness, but always walking around with a smile on her face, which I may add is a stunning one indeed.

    Her humble character and invincible attitude towards life makes Ashleigh a worthy role-model to not only youngsters, but to people from all walks of life.

    The title of this article is correct: “brave…girl” she definitely is. Together with her parents, and not forgetting the support of her sister and friends, Ashleigh has had to face many challenges. Every time when she’s overcome a challenge, a new one has arisen. I think to her immediate family it has felt like a perpetual struggle. But with Ashleigh’s strong faith she uses every opportunity given to her to live her life to the fullest.

    My plead is to everyone that has the means to provide support, financial or in any other way, to visit the Help Heal Ashleigh page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Heal-Ashleigh/159147174102362)and provide your contact details.

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