My nephew, Mhiko, needs help raising funds for heart surgery. Whatever little you can give will go a long way in helping him. Click the button “Green Hearts For Mhiko” to see how you can contribute.
On the 16th of January 2018, Mhiko and his friends were outside during their morning break at school. Everything seemed normal and they were all in a good mood. All of a sudden Mhiko fell face flat, almost comical, and for a brief moment, the boys thought it was a joke. Fortunately, they realised quickly that something was seriously wrong and hastily got help. Mhiko had just gone into cardiac arrest. The nearest ambulance is usually over 8 minutes away, and it can take 6 minutes of no blood flow for brain cells to begin to die.
A couple of emergency medical technicians happened to be in the vicinity on an office errand, with some of their kit! They began a sustained effort to resuscitate Mhiko, and continued after the arrival of the ambulance crew. Mhiko was whisked away to the hospital where further rapid sustained attention ensured that he was stabilised. He spent almost two weeks in the ICU. At one point he had a seisure, a sign of brain damage due to the cardiac arrest. However, all tests and scans show that while he will need to relearn to control his body, his brain is fine and he should make a full recovery.
A visit from his schoolmates shortly after he was removed from life support greatly lifted Mhiko’s spirit, and a few days later he was discharged from hospital on 10 February 2018. He has been recovering in leaps and bounds since he went home, and the worst seems to be over.
While Mhiko was born with a congenital heart defect, the doctors say his cardiac arrest was a highly unlikely event. He was due for an operation in 2019 however due to his condition now, plans for the surgery have been expedited. Normally the first choice for such an operation is India but he cannot go on a long-haul flight in his state. Our only alternative is South Africa which is a lot more expensive. We are appealing for the assistance of family, friends and well-wishers to help fund the costs. Below are details and links to several fundraising platforms that have been set up for Mhiko.
Green Hearts for Mhiko
The #GreenHeartsForMhiko hashtag was named after the St Johns college school color. Their support and school spirit have played a big role in Mhiko’s recovery. St John’s College spear-headed all of the campaigns below.
Ecocash merchant No 64365. Name: St John’s PLC
For those with ecocash in Zimbabwe, you can send as little as $0.50 to the above merchant number. Bank Transfer
By transfer to the following MBCA account with a clear reference to “MHIKO”
Account Name: St John’s College PLC
Account Number: 211038003087
Branch Code: 18109
Swift Code: MBCAZWHX
gofundme.com An online crowd-funding platform Don’t worry about the goal we’ve set. whatever you can give will go a long way. Another online crowd-funding platform. Again don’t worry about the goal. give what you can. Every cent counts!
Mhiko’s survival depended on the efforts of too many people to account for and we are indebted to everyone who helped.
Mhiko’s classmates acted with haste and maturity to get help. St John’s college has groomed you into brilliant young men! Your visits are a huge factor in Mhiko’s recovery, please keep coming to see him.
The EMTs of Ace Ambulances never gave up on Mhiko in such bleak circumstances. Thank you for your faith and heroic dedication.
Thank you to the staff of Avenues Hospital gave Mhiko the utmost care, and got him home in an amazingly short time.
Friends and family for your prayers and support. It’s a miracle Mhiko’s alive.
Thank you, Jesus!
Important edit. (27/05/18)
Mhiko passed away on Tuesday the 1st of May 2018 after a second cardiac arrest. The rest of the family and I are still coming to terms with his death. I will write a full post when I’m emotionally ready to do so. Thank you again to everyone your love and support.