Thanks for the upgraded knee

Just two months ago, on 30th October 2019, Val Hayes went into hospital for a knee operation. It has made an enormous improvement. Before that she was finding it difficult to walk from one end of the shopping mall to the other without great discomfort. Now it is virtually painless. But this would not have been possible without a great deal of help from our friends, to whom we give thanks.

Val after haircut

Val Hayes, November 2019

Val asked her doctor about the problem, and she was referred to an orthopaedic specialist, who looked at the X-rays and said that surgery was necessary to repair the knee joint. We asked whether the Medical Aid would cover such surgery because, as pensioners, we simply couldn’t afford it if they wouldn’t. so we tried to find out what extra money would be needed, and thought of appealing for it on the Go-Get-Funding web site. It was amazing how friends and acquaintances (some of whom we only knew through contact on the Internet) were willing to help and within a few days people had pledged to donate the full amount.

So Val went into hospital on 30th October, and had the operation, but only afterwards did we discover that this would cost extra and that would cost extra, and eventually the extras we discovered after the fact would cost twice as much as the original amount. So we reopened the appeal, and more people donated, some through Go-Get-Funding, and others directly,. Today we were told that the money from Go-Get-Funding was being paid into Val’s bank account, and it looks as though it will be enough to pay any extra costs. So thanks once again to all our family, friends, fellow church members and acquaintances far and near who contributed. Your kindness and generosity has been amazing.

Val Hayes needs a knee operation

Over the last couple of years my wife Val has found walking increasingly difficult and painful, and last week after a medical examination, the doctor recommended an operation to replace the knee joint, and it certainly seems to need replacing.

Val Hayes, 29 Sep 2019

A few years ago we used to be amused at people who cruised around the car parks at shopping centres looking parking place marginally closer to the entrance, and we wouldn’t care how far away we parked, thinking that the exercise would do us good, but now we, like those others, try to get as close to the entrance as possible, because for Val the walking is too painful.

One problem, however, was the cost. The Medical Aid would pay a proportion of it, but we still needed to find something like R7500 to pay for the operation, .

So we thought we might try crowd funding from Go Get Funding, and within a few hours the full amount was pledged, or so we thought. But only when Val was already under the anaesthetic was it revealed that the anaesthetist’s fees were not included in that amount, and that another R16000.00 would be needed

Many thanks to those who have contributed. We are very grateful.

If you would like to contribute, please click on this link: Val Hayes’s Knee Operation.

Val had the operation on 30 October 2019 at the Wilgers Hospital, and came out of hospital on 2 November. Though her knee was painful after the operation, she says it was not nearly as painful as it was before, so there has already been an improvement.