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Granny's agony as she seeks help for grandchild with severe cerebral palsy

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 7, 2017
Granny's agony as she seeks help for grandchild with severe cerebral palsy

A Port Elizabeth grandmother, Zoleka Daweti, has appealed to well-wishers to assist her with funds that can help her 11-year-old granddaughter, Likhona Chioma Daweti, who suffers from a condition called chronic cerebral palsy, to undergo corrective spinal surgery.

As a result of her condition, Likhona cannot sit on her own and she cannot speak. Granny Daweti added that her granddaughter's body often gets stiff and the she gets seizures as her spine has curved causing her body to bend.

Speaking to RNEWS, she could not hold back her tears as she narrated how Likhona desparately needs help as her only grandchild - her only reminder of her late daughter - the girl's mother.

“Likhona was a beautiful baby. However, when she was four months old, I noticed that there was something wrong with her because she didn’t do what was expected of a child her age.

"She was not smiling or even trying to crawl," she described.

“We took her to the doctor when she was six months old. The doctor said that she the mother had complications, which resulted in a lack of oxygen for Likhona during birth."

Granny Daweti said that the doctor recommended therapy.

“The doctor said that she can heal if she would go to a physio-therapist and we did that," she added.

"Other doctors said that, because of how she was born, her brain cells have been squashed by her skull.”

Granny Daweti has been looking after Likhona since 2009 when the mother - her daughter, died following stomach problems.

However, she still has to go to work during the day so she said she bathes her granddaughter before leaving her with her great-grandmother, who looks after her during the day.

According to Granny Daweti, Likhona was rejected by a local special cerebral palsy school because her condition is too severe.

She said that she doesn’t want much, but an operation for Likhona that will straighten her spine - the rest, she already has accepted.

“When I hear her crying it breaks my heart because If she could speak she would tell me what is wrong with her. I don’t want to take her to a home because what I’m thinking is that if her mother was still alive she would stay and look after her,” Granny Daweti said.

“I love my grandchild and I already accepted that this is a chronic condition, but only if she would get a spinal cord operation that would help a lot.”

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