- A little girl was given six months to live due to a heart condition
- A total amount of R400 000 was needed in order to operate on her
- After her story went viral, a private hospital offered to do the procedure for free
Four-month-old Hollyn Pennington was given only a few months to live unless her parents came up with R400 000 for heart surgery. Her emotional story touched many South Africans, who pooled together to raise the required funds. Fortunately, it has concluded with a happy ending.
Hollyn was born with two holes in her heart. After her story went viral, Netcare’s Sunninghill Hospital in Pretoria offered to do the surgery for free. The grateful parents could not believe it.
Parents, Roxanne Pennington and Kerwin Fortein, took to their social media page to share the good news. They added that they are not out of the woods yet and still need prayers.
The rare heart condition is known as Atrioventricular Septal Defect (ASVD). The discovery was made after she was born prematurely. In addition, she was also diagnosed with Hypoglycemia.
Her parents said that although they felt anxious about the surgery, they were confident that it would all work out. The grateful pair has thanked everyone who donated towards their cause.
The money that was raised will now be going to The Children’s Cardiac Foundation for babies in need like Hollyn.
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