Hospital bed makes a difference
A recent article on Stepping Stone Hospice patient, Daleen Dyer (36) from Florentia, who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in April 2018, led to Alberton resident, Elmarie van den Berg arranging for the donation of a special hospital bed to Daleen.
“My ex-husband, Piet Vorster suffered from the same disease and passed away at the age of 66 in January 2018. When I saw the article on Daleen, I immediately reached out to our sons who all agreed that we can donate the bed used for Piet when he became bed-ridden. This bed and mattress made a huge difference in Piet’s life in terms of being comfortable and in the prevention of bed sores,” explains Elmarie.
Motor Neuron Disease is a disease that leads to a progressive weakening of all the muscles in the body, which eventually affects the ability to breathe. There is no cure.
Both Daleen and her husband, Gary are unwavering in their faith and belief that God has a plan for their lives. Gary works full day whilst a care-giver, Maureen, looks after Daleen. But in the evenings and night-time Gary cooks, cleans, reads and prays with Daleen.
Daleen’s sister Anja, has started a fundraising platform for Daleen on the Back-a-Buddy group. “Stepping Stone Hospice kindly donated an electric wheelchair to us. I’m hoping to raise enough funds so that we can get a vehicle in which Daleen can be transported to and from hospitals, doctors, maybe just sometimes an outing. She spends her life in her room, and it cannot be good for her spirit,” Anja explains.
If you would like to donate to the Daleen Dyer fund, please click on the link, www.backabuddy.co.za/daleen-dyer. For more information, please contact Anja on 083 357 6559
Caption: Elmarie van den Berg here with Daleen and Stepping Stone Hospice community sister, Sr Margi Bollman.