- Ibtisaam Clarke is reaching out to the community to help fund a birthday party of her 16-year-old son
- Her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following a tragic car accident
- Clarke raised her son on her own using her SASSA grant
Mitchell’s Plain resident, Ibtisaam Clarke, remembers the 4th July 2006 very clearly.
She and her 3-year-old son, Zaakir, took a walk to the local grocery store.
Mother and son were laughing one moment but then Zaakir let go of her hand and stepped into the road.
Suddenly, a car drove by and hit the toddler, flinging him into the air. Zaakir tragically landed on his head.
The driver of the vehicle stopped and took Clarke and Zaakir to the Red Cross Children's Hospital.
Briefly.co.za understands the news at the hospital was bleak as Zaakir was declared brain dead.
Clarke was told to accept that her son would not survive longer than 3 days.
She refused to accept his fate and continuously prayed for his survival.
He shared the hospital ward at the time with another 3-year-old, Brian Diamond, who was shot in the head.
Incredibly, Zaakir defied the odds and is still alive 13 years later.
Unfortunately, the incident left him suffering from Cerebral Palsy and Clarke has been raising him single-handedly for the most part.
She’s only recently started employment but prior to that, raised him using the funds received from her SASSA grant only.
A relative now looks after Zaakir during the day as he requires constant medical attention and medication.
Daily Voice reported that Clarke now hopes to throw her son a 16th birthday party as she continuously strives to give him a semblance of a normal childhood.
Unfortunately, she lacks the necessary funds and is appealing to the public for contributions to hopefully assist.
Clarke said, “As his birthday is coming up we want to host an all-white party to help him celebrate and just for once he can feel like a normal teen but we don’t have the funds.”
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