Such a special story sent to me by Owens mommy..... Enjoy the read xxx
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Oberholster in October 2010, the last thing she expected was complications. She’d had a stress-free, easy pregnancy. She’d been on maternity leave since the start of her third trimester. And she was ready and looking forward to her elective caesar that was scheduled for 39 weeks gestation.But on the morning of Owen’s birth, Tasmyn’s healthy pregnancy took a turn for the worse. Intense, excruciating back pain took her off to the Netcare Blaauwberg in Cape Town for an emergency caesar where, mere minutes before Owen was delivered via emergency caesar, her placenta ruptured on the operating table causing Owen to drown in utero. As a result, three-year oldOwen is hearing impaired today, but the outcomecould have been so much worse. Not only could histraumatic birth experience and five weeks in ICU have left him not walking or talking. But hadTasmyn’s emergency caesar happened ten minutes later, neither Owen nor Tasmyn would be heretoday and they are lucky to be alive.
immediate damage to Owen’s brain – although things could still go wrong,” she says.
hold her baby for the first time when he was three weeks old,and it was incredibly challenging too.
possibly be deaf and many tests and visits later it was confirmed, at 8 months, that Owen wasindeed hearing impaired.
heard extremely loud noises like banging doors or the sounds of the rubbish removal guys,” shemaintains.
his ears including the director of Widex who’d flown down to Cape Town for the ‘event’. But as soon
school for the deaf suggested we go through the çochlear implant team and see if he qualifies for an
implant. We had to have an ABR done
whereby family and friends could donates funds and we set out to have a fun run to raise the funds. Greg from Clean C Beach Clean up heard about the event and was on board within minutes, a true legend I tell you! The event was held on 27 July and never in my wildest dream did I expect a turnout of close to 450 entries and the event raising R25 000 for the day with the guys from Moyo getting involved with free coffee's and donating to Owens Op as well, Redbull, Coke, to Sportsmans Warehouse, Scooters, The SweatShop and many other companies donating prizes and getting
Word got out via my father in law Barry who manages the Dune Ridge Estate in Big Bay and we had close on 100 of the residents join us on the day and give further donations to help with the fund raising. The following week I heard via a close friend that Table View Primary was doing a civvies day to raise funds for Owen, we were then invited to attend an assembly morning with the school where they educated the learners about his disability and we were informed that the school had raised R12 000.00 though the students and various donations. Furthermore our amazing family both in SA and abroad sent funds along with our friends and even random strangers reading about Owens story
and helped by donating and we are absolutely greatful and so blessed to be part of such an amazing
community. We raised all the necessary funds and Owen had his Op on Monday the 4th August, all went well and the surgeon was happy. We were discharged the next day and Owen was home for 1 week recovering and then went back to school. Payment was made for the remaining R80
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Well done to the Oberholster & Beer Family on your wonderful courage, determination, energy, efforts & Love xxx