The family of four-year-old Jonas Ramojela is still pleading with members of the public to help raise funds to take him to India for a heart transplant.
In an interview with The Midweek Sun, Kennedy Ramojela said that travel plans to India this year June were unsuccessful as only P13 000 was raised from the required P1 million for the trip and hospital fees.
“We are still trusting God that Batswana will come to our son’s rescue. It’s not easy to see him suffer like this because every week we have to take him to the hospital for the ascetic fluid to be drained. After a few days, the stomach swells up again,” he said.
Jonas Ramojela has an inoperable congenital heart problem as well as abdominal ascites. The condition causes his stomach to swell. In a previous interview with this publication, his mother Keakabetse Ramojela narrated that the condition started in August 27, 2017 when little Jonas’ right side of the stomach felt like there is a stone inside.
Every Thursday she takes him to Marina where the urine (ascitic fluid) gets drained to reduce the swelling of the tummy. “At Princess Marina, they told me it’s the first time they are dealing with such a condition,” said the mother of three.
Several scans and x-rays were done but doctors say there is no cure for the condition. One Dr. L. Mazhani has this to say, “Ideally, the only solution could be heart or lung transplant which is currently not possible in our set up in Botswana.” Princess Marina spokesperson Donnell Kutlapye said they do not discuss patients’medical conditions with third parties.
Meanwhile, the family has opened a Facebook page called SAVE JONAS with banking details for those that can assist.
Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide
Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.
Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.
On the evening of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021) PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.