- Karabo Baloyi has chronic bronchitis and uses an oxygen machine to breathe
- She was due for a lung operation but doctors feared she wouldn't survive
- She said all she wants now is a holiday to make her happy
A teenager who has been living with chronic bronchitis for years has one heartbreaking dying wish — to go on a holiday in Durban.
16-year-old Karabo Baloyi, from Meadowlands in Soweto, has to use an oxygen machine to breathe, Daily Sun reports.
The education department gave her a portable oxygen machine but it's no longer working. This means she can no longer attend school.
Karabo was due for a lung operation recently, Briefly.co.za learned. The Blue Heaven and Believers in Christ International Church made a donation of R38,000 to fund it.
However, the donation was withdrawn when doctors feared the operation could end Karabo's life within two months.
Karabo's grandmother, 58-year-old Lydia Pani, told Daily Sun that Karabo has always dreamt of going to Durban for a holiday.
Karabo confirmed this and expressed her wish:
I know I can’t be healed but a holiday would mean a lot to me. It would give me the happiness I’ve never had in my life.
Social media users have made appeals for a portable oxygen machine on Karabo's behalf so she can resume school.
However, it's unclear how much has been raised so far. According to one Twitter appeal, the machine costs around R40,000.
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