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3-year-old Mimmie is fighting through Feingold Syndrome. Recently, she received a special visit from Miss World South Africa where the little girl touched the local queen’s heart, just as she has with so many others who know her:


Braampark, South Africa (09 February 2024) — Last week, a little girl named Mimmie, who is fighting with Feingold Syndrome, got a special visit from Miss World South Africa, Dr. Claude Mashego, who came to visit the Uthando Centre in Braampark.

According to Afrika Tikkun, the NPO who recently celebrated 30 years of impact, health and social services to disadvantaged communities, this was a hugely special visit for the 3-year-old warrior and the local queen.

“Feingold Syndrome [is] a rare autosomal hereditary disorder largely characterised by microcephaly (a smaller-than-normal head), complications with the oesophagus, intestines and limb malformations. As a result, at the tender age of 3, Mimmie is unable to attend school due to her limited mobility,” explain Afrika Tikkun. 

This means that even despite having prosthetics, Mimmie will spend consecutive years in surgery as she grows. It also means that she needs to be in an educational environment where her challenges are understood and cared for.

Despite it all, Mimmie is said to be a ray of life like any other three-year-old. And this is the energy that those who want to see Mimmie come out on top, hope to keep alive.

It was a personal experience for Dr Mashego, who has experience with a disabled family member born with cerebral palsy and understands that when children face disability, so do their families.

“For Mimmie’s Mom when Mimmie is sick, she is also sick and when Mimmie is happy, she is equally happy,” Dr Mashego shared.

Mimmie needs help funding her inevitable surgeries, custom prosthetics and the opportunity to attend Uthando Centre’s Early Childhood Development programme. All of these will afford her a life as close to normalcy as possible. Because of the importance of her crowdfund, her campaign has been extended and is almost halfway at its goal. Currently, R51,057 has been raised for Mimmie!

You can support Mimmie’s future here. 

Sources: Afrika Tikkun; Supplied
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