Two articles appeared in the Excelsior News during 2015, in which readers were requested to help Tanya gather enough money to enable her to have an urgently needed bone marrow transplant.
After having become seriously ill while she was in England, about ten years ago, Tanya was eventually diagnosed with PNH Cloning (paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria, a rare, acquired, life-threatening disease of the blood characterised by destruction of red blood cells). Her wealth deteriorated to such an extent that the only chance of restoring her health was to have a bone marrow transplant. The nearest probable donor (not a perfect match, though) that could be found, was her brother, Albert, who stays in Germany …
Thanks to so many wonderful people who opened their wallets widely, the bone marrow transplant could become a reality. Albert flew from Germany and his bone marrow was harvested. Tanya received the first half thereof on the 8th of October, but unfortunately it became clear that the transplant was not successful. Tanya’s health was still deteriorating. A second transplant was not successful either and while Tanya’s half-brother, Shaun, was also ‘n 50% match and prepared to donate bone marrow, she was too weak to have a third transplant, as she would not be able to have another session of chemotherapy. After many weeks in hospital and more than a week in ICU, Tanya lost the struggle and sadly died on 11 December 2015 at the age of 32.
Tanya’s relatives would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone for donations, prayers, messages, accommodation and transport! Even people who did not know them helped. Please know that your efforts and unselfishness are greatly appreciated. “Tanya’s candle has blown out here on earth, but is now shining brightly in heaven.” A quotation that has helped Tanya’s mother, Gerda Slabbert, during these times is: “Dear God, if today I lose my hope, please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams!” Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Gerda, Tanya’s husband, Francois Hattingh, brothers Albert and Shaun, sister Anne and all her other relatives and friends. May you find solace in the lovely memories you have of Tanya.