KEETMANSHOOP, 08 MAY – An 8-year-old Keetmanshoop boy born with cerebral palsy received a donation of an oxygen concentrator from Marco Fishing Charity Trust here on Tuesday.
Young Maxton Coetie has outlived the prediction by doctors at his birth with the neurological disorder on 18 May 2009 that he would only live for two years.
Cerebral palsy is described as a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.
Maxton also suffers from pneumonia which affects his breathing, done through a tracheostomy, causing him to regularly need oxygen from a tank.
An oxygen concentrator, also known as an oxygen generator, is a medical device used to deliver oxygen to people with low levels of oxygen in their blood.
The boy was legally adopted by his grandparents, Rudolph and Cheryl Coetie, in 2010 and has been under their care since.
His grandmother in March this year approached the Trust for assistance for a mobile oxygen concentrator that can be moved around the house, unlike the oxygen tank which is fixed in the sleeping room.
Chairperson of Marco Fishing Charity Trust, Jan Scholtz handed over the donation to the family at their house in Krönlein.
He said the charity is committed to reinvest and plough back into the nation.
“It is our prayer that this donation will help prolong the wellbeing of Maxton and eventually ensure his eternal recovery and full restoration of his health condition,” Scholtz said.
Receiving the oxygen concentrator, Rudolph said he and his extended family are very thankful towards the Trust for the generous donation.
“We believe that the machine will prolong Maxton’s life and make him at ease; we thank you,” he said.
An oxygen concentrator costs around N.dollars 11 800.