Thinus Dreams Big

clip_image002Marthinus Christoffel Bothma, born 10/04/2003, is the second born of three children.

From birth he was on the waiting list at the Steve Biko Hospital after being diagnosed at with Pulmonary Atresia with a Ventricular Sepatal Defect VSD and Hypoplastic pulmonary arteries.

He was referred to WSPCCA where Dr. Milner assessed him. Thanks to funds raised by Jenna Clifford and her Dream Big initiative, his operation was able to go ahead and on the 26th October 2009, he was taken to theatre.

His grateful parents say that it was amazing to see the difference after the success of his operation. Thinus was no longer a “blue boy” and now has a beautiful pink complexion. He will need another
operation as time goes on, for which funds once again need to be raised.


About The WSPCF

The Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF) is a philanthropic paediatric cardiac foundation for Africa, focussing on delivering life-saving surgery for underprivileged children with congenital heart disorders from across Africa. It also aims to develop diagnostic and treatment skills amongst Africa’s medical fraternity and conducts critical research into paediatric cardiac healthcare. The cardiac surgery or intervention is undertaken at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa situated in Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, , as well as at Cape Town’s Netcare Christian Barnard Memorial and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals. The WSPCF was founded by Dr. Robin Kinsley in 2003, and was established as a living legacy to the late Walter Sisulu and his widow, Albertina, both of whom dedicated their lives to helping children in need.
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