When Jamie Lee came to us at the WSPCCA, she had been
diagnosed at birth with a ventricular septal defect (a hole in her heart), which, although a life-threatening disorder, is one of the most repairable conditions in children.
As her mom, Jolene, points out, by the age of two, she was an
active baby, but she quickly became tired and out of breath—even eating became a chore because her body just wasn’t getting the blood supply it needed to function normally. Jamie Lee’s diagnosis came at a trying time in her family’s life because her father had tragically passed away in an accident, leaving the family in a dire financial situation. Jolene simply couldn’t afford medical aid, and she certainly could not afford the R150,000 it would have cost for Jamie Lee’s surgery. She desperately needed corrective surgery, but her family also needed the assistance to pay for it.
Just before Christmas in 2003, the WSPCCA alerted the 94.7 Highveld Stereo RAW Christmas Wish List to Jamie Lee’s plight and, along with a few other children, was sponsored by Montecasino to have her surgery paid for and conducted at the WSPCCA by Dr. Robin Kinsley.
Her surgery was a huge success and, despite having to spend her birthday in a hospital bed, it was a small price to pay for a long and fruitful life that Jamie Lee will no doubt live out. Since then, Jamie Lee (now 8 years old) is currently attending school in Roodepoort and lives with her family in Krugersdorp.
Jolene, her mom, says that she’s a new child. “She’s so active. Sometimes I have to tell her to calm down because she has so much energy that we can hardly keep up with her. I can’t thank Montecasino and the WSPCCA enough for giving my child her life back!”
When we asked Jamie Lee what she wanted to be when she gets older, she
simply told us: “A teacher. But first, I want to learn Karate!” – much to her mom’s “delight”.