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Please help Xavier smile again

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Jess Ball for "Martine Heeney"

$9,100 donated

Given by 85 generous donors in around 11 months


Please help Xavier smile again by supporting his Whanau to be by his side as much as possible.

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  Manawatu / Whanganui

On the 31st of July 2017 Xavier (8 years old) became ill and 1 week later was put in an induced coma and flown to Starship hospital in Auckland where he currently is and will be for awhile longer. Drs have advised that worst case scenario he will be in hospital and rehab for up to a year.

Upon arrival to Starship he was placed in the Paediatric Intensive Care unit where he was diagnosed with a rare illness called Guillain-Barré syndrome which affects the nervous system leaving Xavier now paralysed from the shoulders down.

Xaviers Mum (Martine Heeney) and Nan (Marj Heeney) have a week on week off roster travelling to Auckland from Taihape to keep vigil over him and support him where possible.

Xavier is a big brother to Brooklyn (3 years old) and Israel (1 year old) who are currently living with Whanau while their Mum and Nan tend to Xaviers every need.

Xavier is rugby mad and from a young age he has been throwing a rugby ball around, he is also a keen basket baller and loves shooting hoops with his cousins and friends who he is missing a lot and longing to be back at school by them.

Jess Ball's involvement (page creator)

Loving Aunty here to support my Nephew so he can see his Mum and Nan everyday.

Use of funds

All funds raised will go towards helping Xaviers Mum and Nan travel to be by his side each week, take the financial pressure away and provide necessities to his sister and brother.

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19/12/2017 - Update  19 December 2017

Posted by: Jess Ball

Kia Ora Friends & whanau,

With Xmas upon us on behalf of Xavier & our whanau we would like to wish you all a very Merry Xmas & Blessings for the New Year.....xox

It's been nearly 6 months since Xavier Contracted Guillain Barre Syndrome.

On Friday we were allowed to come home including Xavier for Xmas for a 3 week break returning to Rehab on the North Shore January 8th 2018.

He has made significant progress as you can see in the photos. He is able to stand for a period of time and can free walk/wooble for a certain time & distance. Officially he is on crutches & in his wheelchair for distances & supervised for free walking. At home he will continue with exercises everyday to help maintain muscle strength & conditioning. To his credit he's always been super keen to keep moving & just get on with it!❤ Throughout this time Martine & Aunty Marj have had a rotating 1 week on sometimes 2 weeks on roster & your generosity has allowed them to help do this & be with him during this whole ordeal.

To you all our sincerest heartfelt thanks Merry Xmas....❤❤❤ Nga mihi arohatinonui....xox

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Latest donations

  • Taihape Area School

    Taihape Area School on 31 Oct 2017


    This is our Mufti Day and Raffle proceeds


  • Pilates Taihape

    Pilates Taihape on 23 Oct 2017


    Wishing you a speedy recovery and the community looking forward to having you back in Taihape


  • Dallas and kewa

    Dallas and kewa on 21 Oct 2017



  • Asya

    Asya on 07 Oct 2017


    Hope you get better soon


  • Sally

    Sally on 03 Oct 2017


    Jess has told me of the journey you are on with your precious little boy, may he continue to improve and give you joy.


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Jess Ball's avatar
Created by Jess Ball
Marj Heeney's avatar
Paying to a verified bank account of Marj Heeney on behalf of Martine Heeney

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