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Visser’s fate after attack by a Mongoose


Johannesburg, South Africa (26 May 2021) – Shaninlea Visser is a happily married mother with an amazing attitude and full of life despite the challenges she faces due to her condition.

Despite her daily trouble, Visser has a never say never view of life.

Shan’s friend Lauren Hewitt has gone to Backabuddy, a fundraiser platform, to launch a campaign to raise funds to help her in her dream to walk again.

Life makes a turn for the worst.

Life took a turn for the worst for Visser on the 15th of January 2017. A mongoose bit her hand, and after a day, she was hanging on to dear life by a thin thread.

The bite caused Septicaemia and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation.

This caused grave illness, and she had to be put into an induced coma.

After two weeks, the doctors woke Visser to sour news; the doctors had to amputate her hands, feet, nose, and lips due to gangrene.

In a bid to live for her husband and daughter, Visser agreed to the doctors’ demands. To date, Visser has undergone about 70 operations and is not due to stop.

All the mediations have taken a toll on her, as she is now allergic to the prosthetics’ linings. She has taken a try on various different liners, and doctors are now advising against the prosthetics. But, however heartbreaking and depressing as it is, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Ray of hope

The only remaining hope for Visser is a procedure called Osseointegration, a procedure new in South Africa.

Specialist crew titanium rods into the bone so as to attach it to artificial limbs. However, her medical aid has refused to take on this burden following a year-long struggle with them.

To get this operation done on her own, she has to pay R1,100,000 or choose to be wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life. So any donation, however big or small it might be, will be very valuable in getting Visser to walk again.

Visser has become a motivation to many and now host her show, The Shan Show.

Many donors have come forward to help her sharing heart-lightening messages. If you would like to support Shan’s dream of walking again, you can do so via BackaBuddy here.

Sources: BackaBuddy
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