Aidan Maddocks, 14, from Pietermaritzburg, was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at birth, a childhood liver disease that only affects 1 in 10,000–15,000 live births.
He was given a life expectancy of only 2 years, news that “crushed” first time parents, Carmen, 42, and Allistair, 48.
“Aidan is a very gentle child. He is witty, loves joking around and has a fantastic sense of humor despite the challenges he’s had to overcome in his short life,“ says mum, Carmen.
“As a parent you would do anything for your child, I felt hopeless hearing that my hands are tied and there’s nothing I can do to save my son from his condition,” says Carmen.
In anticipation for a potential donor match, the Maddocks family created a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, to appeal to the public to support their son through his upcoming medical procedures.
Funds raised will also support the family with the accompanying travel costs to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town where Aidan has met regularly with a “wonderful” group of professors, surgeons and specialist doctors for the last 13 years.