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Kia Kaha Teresa!

Cause page created in the Health category by marge caberte for "Sevilla family"

$46,617 donated
Given by 883 generous donors in 7 weeks

Our dear friends Heylon and Teresa are going through a challenging time, and we want to help and support them, and so can you!

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Hayloon and Teresa are both wonderful ICU nurses and amazing parents to 5-year-old Nio. They were expecting baby #2 to arrive around September this year.

On the 3rd of August, after a night shift, on what was supposed to be a normal day, just before his wife's surprise baby shower, Hayloon woke up to the news that his beautiful wife had "collapsed" at work. Heylon thought it was the same fainting spell that Teresa also had a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, this was not the case and then the nightmare started.

As she did not wake up, she had to be admitted to ICU and have a breathing tube put in.

A CT scan of her head showed a massive bleed. Because the brain is still too swollen after the sudden bleed, the neurosurgeon deemed it was risky to do any surgery on Teresa at this stage. Mum being on sedation and critically unwell was not good for baby and so the decision was made to do an emergency C-section. Estella Marie, the one good thing that came out of this day, was born at 32 weeks as strong as her whole family combined!

Active liaising with immigration is done on the background for Teresa's family to be able to fly over to New Zealand and be with her and support Hayloon and the children.

For now, Teresa will remain in ICU asleep with a breathing tube while the medical team is doing everything they can to stabilise and monitor her until she is well enough to have surgery. Baby Estella is currently in NICU but breathing on her own! She continues to prove how amazing and fitting she is to her name, A STAR!

And, as with any other nightmare, we hope Hayloon and Teresa wake up from this.

marge caberte's involvement (page creator)


Use of funds

Donations will be transferred directly to Heylon's account to help support his young family as well as Teresa's mother and sister.

Latest update

Team ICU Fundraise Triathlon  4 September 2020

Posted by: marge caberte

Hello again,

One of our Dunedin ICU consultants, Markus Renner, has kindly organised a fundraise triathlon to help support Hayloon, Teresa, Nio and Estella. All proceeds will be linked to the "Kia Kaha Teresa" give a little page.

Information for the event:

Everyone is welcome, bring your friends, family, etc.



September 12th

starting at 08.00 am (for people who want to join the crowd)


start at University Rowing Club, along cyclepath/walkway to St Leonards, return, do as many laps as possible ☺

*prepare for wind or heat


whatever people can do, some runners will attempt the marathon distance (42ks)

If people want to do a swim (in the pool), bike or run/walk by themselves that is fine as well.


find a sponsor or sponsor yourself


We will have to abide by Level 2 regulations. Bring your own beverage and nutrition


to Kia Kaha Teresa give a little page, name "ICU Fundraise Tri" or personal details

For more details, Markus is happy to be reached thru his email:

or mobile: 027-557-4849

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ICU Fundraise Tri; get well Teresa Louis and Lilli
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ICU fundraise Tri, from Clive (ED)
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ICU triathlon
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ICU Triathalon 6 days ago
Good work triathletes!
Luke 7 days ago
God speed to a full recovery Tessa and I hope all these messages of support give you some comfort Haylon. You've both touched many people in your lives, which is a wonderful thing! Now it's our turn to support you both. Thinking of you and missing you all in Dunedin's amazing ICU.

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Created by marge caberte
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Paying to a verified bank account of Hayloon Lee Sevilla on behalf of Sevilla family

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