SA woman hears story of dying newborn in Uganda, raises money for life-saving operation #JustRightDeeds

Keren Muir, a South African woman, was put forward as a #JustRightDeeds inspiration for rallying South Africans to help a newborn Ugandan baby survive.


Cape Town, South Africa – Keren Muir was deeply moved when she heard a story that had travelled all the way from Uganda to South Africa. A newborn baby in Uganda swallowed his meconium which ended up in his lungs – a condition that can be fatal.

The meconium is the first stool that an infant makes as they are being born. It is made up of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus – intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucus, amniotic fluid, bile, and water.

Baby Levi was placed on life support and his father, Sam, was told he needed an operation on his airways which would cost $1600 (about R22 000).

SA woman hears story of dying newborn in Uganda, raises money for life-saving operation #JustRightDeeds

Sam is a pastor of a small church and tried hard to raise funds to save his little boy’s life, but he needed help. This is where Keren came in. She heard Sam’s story and rallied friends, family and her church community to help raise the money necessary for the operation.

They managed to raise the full amount in time to help baby Levi. Keren sent the money over to Sam in Uganda, and he was able to pay for the life-saving procedure. Levi received the operation on the 15th of February.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person who donated so generously, you have literally saved this little boy’s life! Please pray that his surgery will be a success, that God will be with the surgeons and give them steady hands and [for] no complications!” – Keren Muir

Keren is a perfect example of doing a #JustRightDeeds. Her actions have saved the life of baby Levi who lives thousands of kilometres away. A baby she has never met but one that deeply moved into her heart and pushed her to do something good.

Keren is a perfect example of a South African getting involved with #JustRightDeeds. There are no limits to how big they can be or how far they can travel. Her actions have saved the life of baby Levi who lives thousands of kilometres away – A baby she has never met but one who moved deeply in her heart and compelled her to do something good. Keren’s story was sent in by someone who wanted to celebrate her #JustRightDeeds. Thank you for bringing Keren to our attention!

Well done for finding what is #JustRight for a complete stranger and his family, Keren!

Last week, we announced that we have teamed up with Just Property to celebrate the good deeds South Africans do on a daily basis. Every week we will celebrate a deed right here on this platform, but we need your help!

How to get involved:

  • Snap a picture or video of you or someone else doing a #JustRightDeeds
  • Share it on social media and tell Just Property what happened
  • Use the hashtag #JustRightDeeds and #JustProperty.
  • Nominate a friend or family member to do the same.

Sources: Facebook / GTG 
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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