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After finding bleeding on the brain, Righardt Roets underwent surgery, but a mistake was made; now they are raising funds for him to get corrective surgery that could help with a good recovery.


Centurion, South Africa (20 January 2021) – 23-year-old Righardt Roets has faced a massive change in his life. He was diagnosed with whip-lash, but it was later discovered he had bleeding on the brain. He underwent surgery, but it was discovered the doctor botched his treatment. Several people have come forward to help cover another surgery that will give him a good chance of recovery.

Righardt’s troubles started after a day of boating, tube riding and cliff jumping at the dam with his girlfriend’s family in September last year. A short while after the exciting day out, Righardt felt ill; getting nauseous with severe headaches. He was later diagnosed with whip-lash.

His symptoms persisted, so he was sent for an MRI in early December which revealed bleeding on the brain. Without a medical aid, Righardt was taken to a State Hospital to have the blood drained. That was what was supposed to happen, but his recovery from that surgery wasn’t going well.

Richardt went for a follow-up MRI at a private hospital where it was discovered that the bleeding on his brain was still there and building in pressure, but the most shocking discovery was that part of he left frontal lobe had been removed.

The new Neurosurgeon feels that if Righardt gets corrective surgery in the next month, he has the chance to make a good recovery.

He was told his surgery would cost R200,000.00, so Richardt quickly came up with a plan to raise funds. He has been designing websites, pet-sitting and creating fitness plans for people wanting to get in shape.

Righardt’s story was shared with Jacaranda FM listeners during the Breakfast with Martin Bester show, and three incredible donors came forward to offer a helping hand. Two of the donors donated R50,000 each, and the third is Cape Town artist Driekie van Wyk who is auctioning off one of her artworks.

Driekie herself needed a brain procedure recently and was able to get the best possible care. Driekie heard Righardt’s story in Breakfast with Martin Bester and reached out to assist as she understands the stress and anguish he is going through. Today, she will host an Instagram auction of one of her paintings “Nothing has to change today” with all proceeds going towards Righardt’s operation. The auction starts today at 9:00 and closes at 17:00. You can see the art piece below.

They only need to raise R35,000 thanks to all the incredible donors who have helped Righardt. The painting auction was sitting on R15,000 last time we checked, so hopefully, Righardt will soon have his surgery.


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