André Pieterse saw a mothers plea to help her two-year-old son with an oxygen machine on Facebook and quickly worked to help the child breath again.


George, Western Cape – André Pieterse coordinated a life-changing day for a two-year-old with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

He first learned about the family via a Facebook post when Elonia Lee-Ayden Campher put out a plea to help her son breathe. Alestiano Campher has spent the first two years of his life in the hospital or house-bound. Due to his need for constant oxygen, he cannot leave home. This is what Elonia needed help with; she hoped someone could help them get him out of the house for a little.

André messaged Elonia and told her he would like to get involved. He started making calls to everyone he could think of and even started an unsuccessful crowdfund. Refusing to give up he managed to get hold of Sonja Nel at Ecomed Medical (PTY) Ltd who agreed to sponsor a portable oxygen machine to the family.

During all his hard work, André inspired the entire George community, and the local Pick n Pay as well as the Spur came on board to offer some relief for the family.

A representative of Ecomed Medical drove from Port Elizabeth to George to hand over the brand new oxygen machine to the family.

They connected Alestiano to the machine, and he was able to leave home for the first time. They went to the mall for the first time to have a meal sponsored by the local Spur.

André too has a lung condition, and he couldn’t imagine how a mere two-year-old could cope. This cause spoke to his heart and moved him to do something to help the Campher family.

Thanks to the collaboration between several companies and the community, Alestiano now has more freedom than he has ever had in his life. His future today looks that much brighter.

Sources: Good Things Guy Interview
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