THE BOIKANYO FOUNDATION
The Boikanyo Foundation is a Public Benefit Organisation created by Golden East 181 Round Table in 2008, the foundation provides for the funding of critical heart surgery for underprivileged and indigent children within the Public Health Sector. Importantly, the Boikanyo Foundation works in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Fund (NMCHF) to increase the throughput of children’s heart surgery through their Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has many children awaiting open heart surgery. Many of these children suffer from completely correctable (and relatively simple) surgical conditions. If left untreated, many of these conditions may become inoperable with time; hence prevention and early surgery is the responsible decision. However, due to current resource constraints, NMCH is only able to perform around 150 children’s heart surgeries annually. By providing surgery timeously, children’s lives are saved. This is where the Boikanyo Foundation steps in: Children are provided the opportunity to be children without suffering from recurring symptoms. These children may then grow up to live normal lives, with normal hopes and dreams.
Once a child within the Gauteng, North West Province, Limpopo and Mpumalanga area is identified by a doctor as possibly suffering from a heart condition, they are referred to a paediatric cardiologist at NMCH. Here the child is further investigated, the presence and severity of the heart condition diagnosed, and a decision made as to the need for surgery.
Sadly, it is often the simplest cases (and hence those with the best prognosis) that often sit on the waiting list for the longest period of time due to the cost and resource constraints. Unfortunately during this period, some children are lost to follow up. This may be due to communication shortfalls (the lack of contact numbers, a change in or incorrect contact details, etc) or worse some of these children may pass away in the interim. It is specifically these children that The Boikanyo Foundation aims to provide with life-changing heart surgery. Ultimately, the Boikanyo Foundation will like to see all children receiving their life-saving surgery at the time of initial diagnosis.
With your help we can make a difference in the lives of many children, currently we are working towards paying the resources for an average of 5 operations per month with the NMCH and to be able to continue to do this we need to make sure we have the funds so we never have to say no to saving the life of a child in need.
With the support of the Boikanyo Foundation, NMCH has already changed the lives of more than 40 children since we this partnership began
As a direct result of this contribution, our clinical team is inspired to continue with their daily mission of saving lives of children and to offer comprehensive and specialised care to children who need the much-needed care.
This immense contribution serves as demonstration to the philanthropic community at large of the immeasurable and irreversible change and advancements that can be reached through such partnerships.
This partnership will continue to have a directly impact to the lives of our patients and enhance the work of NMCH staff, providing excellent service to all patients thus placing Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital as a hospital of choice within the paediatric healthcare sector.
Baby Leethan was diagnosed with Supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS) which is a heart defect that develops before birth. Mom Carmen Brown says she was told six months into her pregnancy that the baby’s heart area has abnormal fluid around it. Leethan has been going to doctors for treatment since birth but over the last few months the lesion has worsened, and he became considerably symptomatic. He required a patch enlargement of the supravalvular pulmonary stenosis. Baby Leethen had his operations and is recovering well in the cardiac ward. “the doctors and nurses at NMCH are excellent. They are God sent and I am happy they saved my son’s life” says Mom.
Wiseman Ngobeni is a cheerful 7yr from Daveyton, Springs. He suffers from a severe form of tetralogy of Fallot which has rendered him deeply cyanotic, with markedly decreased effort tolerance.
Wiseman requires corrective surgery for his condition, which entails closing the intracardiac defects and relieving the obstruction to his right ventricle. He is expected to require a long convalescence following his surgery, but it is hoped that he will make a slow yet steady recovery.
Young Ntsika Mokone is a 2yr old from Tsakane. Previously well, he was recently diagnosed with an evolving congenital heart condition of tetralogy of Fallot that required admission into hospital in a critical condition, and urgent surgery. Fortunately, we were able to fully correct his condition and he is well on his way to recovery.
Ms Ntombi Khomotso Ndayi is 8 years old from Roodepoort, known with a congenital heart defect since she was 3 months of age. She requires complete correction of her ventricular septal defect with repair of her tricuspid valve.
Ms Mmapula Mmatjipa is 6yrs old and was referred to us from Polokwane in Limpopo province. She has a ventricular septal defect with a leaky aortic valve, and requires corrective surgery before the latter worsens.
Phiwokuhle Nkoloti is a 1yr 8month old boy from Cosmo City with tetralogy of Fallot. He is deeply cyanosed. His surgery has been postponed numerous times for various reasons but he is finally able to have corrective surgery of his lesion.
Lutendo Nelwamondo is a 1yr 9month old boy with Down’s syndrome, from Turffontein. He has an underlying ventricular septal defect. Lutendo is amenable to full correction of this defect through surgery, in order to improve his symptoms, curtail progression of his disease, reduce his admissions to hospital and stop his medications.
There were seven (7) patients that were operated on during this financial year 2021/22. Boikanyo Foundation agreed to fund consumables and medication cost per case and should not exceed R50 000.00 per case. We now have more urgent cases pending and we need YOU to help make that difference to a child’s life
“Together as a nation, we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer.” Former president Nelson Mandela. With the support of the Boikanyo Foundation, NMCH has already changed the lives of children and their families. As a direct result of this contribution, our clinical team is inspired to continue with their daily mission of saving lives and to offer comprehensive and specialised care to children who might still be sitting on a waiting list. This immense contribution serves as demonstration of the immeasurable and irreversible change and advancements that can be reached through such partnerships. This partnership will continue to directly impact the lives of our patients and enhance the work of NMCH staff, providing service excellence towards our patients thus placing Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital as a leader in the Southern African paediatric healthcare sector.
“Together as a nation, we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer.” Former President Nelson Mandela.
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South Africa’s Children Rely on Us. And We Rely on You.
The Boikanyo Foundation is reliant on the help of individuals, associations and companies to aid us in saving lives. Approximately R50,000 is all it will take to give a child a new chance at life. Any assistance that can be offered will be greatly appreciated.
The Boikanyo foundation was founded by the members of Round Table Golden East 181 in 2006. To date, GE 181 continues to provide administration and funding support to the foundation.