Frequent and prolonged load-shedding, coupled with unpredictable power outages, is causing immense stress for the Nel family in Robin Hills. Alexa and Martin Nel, along with their seven-year-old son Marno, who lives with a disability, face significant challenges due to the unreliable power supply.
Marno, born with chromosome deletion MEFC2, requires constant monitoring of his ventilation and oxygen machines. The family’s backup power system, essential for Marno’s well-being, relies on batteries that have a diminishing lifespan due to the extended outages. Despite having a generator, the high cost of petrol prevents its continuous use, exacerbating the stress on the family.
Marno’s health complications, including a stroke in 2019, make a reliable power supply crucial for his medical equipment. The family is seeking financial assistance to purchase a more efficient lithium-iron-volt battery, costing R33,000, to alleviate their dependence on a fading backup power system.
The Nel family’s plea for support extends beyond financial contributions, as the stress of sleepless nights, constant vigilance for alarms, and uncertainty about power restoration take a toll on their well-being. Contributions to aid Marno can be directed to Alexa Nel at [email protected].
This comprehensive overview highlights the Nel family’s challenges, emphasising the urgency of their situation and the potential impact of community support on Marno’s quality of life.
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