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Please help me help my adult son who has suffered a stroke in South Africa

Cause page created in the Health category by Jennifer Halder for Dominique Staal

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Given by 98 generous donors in 4 weeks

Givealittle to help Kaelem regain use of his hand and leg after suffering a stroke at a young age. Help him rebuild his hopes and future.

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Written by Kaelem's mother:

In February this year, my son, Kaelem, at 31 suffered a stroke which has left him unable to use his right hand and walks with difficulty. As he is a sound engineer, he has had to give up his job and move into care with my sister in South Africa. Kaelem was living in his own flat and working hard as a sound engineer and musician. He was making his way and carving a future for himself under the name "Terrasoul". Here is the link to listen to some of his music:

His dreams and hopes have been dealt a severe blow and he is struggling to see his future.

My sister is also caring for her adult son who is wheelchair bound. Kaelem needs ongoing care and medical treatment including physiotherapy and occupational therapy to enable him to recover fully. Doctors have said that this could take a year or more. Kaelem is overwhelmed by his circumstances and the costs of treatment.

As his mother I want to support him both emotionally and financially and am returning to South Africa to provide this support - I will be not be able to work and have to fund my young daughter in New Zealand as well as our rental home. I have now also dipped into my retirement savings to help as much as I can.

Jennifer Halder's involvement (page creator)

I am a close friend of Kaelem's mother. I worked alongside her in early education in Wellington, New Zealand. Dominique is a loving and kind educator always going the extra mile for the children/families, in an industry that pays little.

Use of funds

The money will be used for his ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.

Latest update

Greatful for your support and kind words - thank you  8 May 2021

Posted by: Jennifer Halder

Thank you so much for your continuing financial assistance and words of support and offers of assistance - this has been very helpful. I am sure too that in the future offers of assistance will be taken up too - recovery will be a long process requiring not only physical work but mental resilience - you will be needed.

I spoke a few days ago to Dominique and she said that Kaelem was still in hospital but will be discharged soon - she is hoping to get OT and Physio support at home for him when this happens.

Thanks again.

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