Grandparents to give grandson (29) suffering from a rare genetic condition a new lease on life

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Colin (71) and Margie Jones (69), doting grandparents from Hillcrest, Durban, have dedicated most of their lives to caring for their grandson, Kyle Skidmore (29), who lives with a rare, inherited condition.

At the age of 12, Kyle was diagnosed with Fanconi Aplastic Anaemia, a disease that occurs when a patient’s bone marrow stops producing platelets. 

Patients living with this condition are prone to infections and uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors told Kyle that without a Stem Cell transplant, he wouldn’t see his 21st birthday.

“I remember the weight of our worry before Kyle received his Stem Cell transplant. On the weekdays he would attend school which he loved. On a Friday afternoon, he would visit the haematologist and be admitted to the hospital for the weekend, to receive Platelets and Blood.” – says Colin

In January 2012, Kyle finally got the call that a donor match was found for him in Germany, and he soon underwent a Stem Cell transplant at UCT academic hospital in Cape Town. 

Kyle before receiving his Stem Cell Transplant in 2012..

After 6 months in hospital, he was eventually discharged, was able to return home, and completed his Matric the following year

Things were finally looking up for Kyle. After his transplant, his platelet count steadily improved until they were near normal levels. He had a new lease on life and was living a happy, healthy life.

A new diagnosis 

In December 2021, 10 years since Kyle’s transplant, Kyle began experiencing complications and his lungs began to deteriorate.

After numerous tests and scans in June 2022, Kyle received the devastating news that he has developed Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease, another rare genetic condition, characterised by a blockage of the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the heart (the pulmonary veins).

Currently, Kyle is using a home-based non-portable oxygen concentrator, provided by his medical aid, that keeps him sustained. Doctors say that Kyle’s prognosis is very serious, and that he will need to live on oxygen almost 24 hours a day for the rest of his life. 

Crowdfunding on BackaBuddy

Hoping to give Kyle a better quality of life and allow him to explore life beyond his home environment ‘for the rest of his years’, his grandparents have launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, to purchase a Portable Oxygen Concentrator suitable for his needs. 

A portable oxygen concentrator will give Kyle a new lease on life

While Kyle has a comprehensive medical aid, a portable oxygen concentrator is not available in his plan. 

The Jones’, who are both pensioners, work to provide for themselves and their disabled grandson, who is unable to work, and want nothing more than to give Kyle the life he deserves

“Our hearts break for our grandson who watches the world go on without him from his window. All he has ever wanted was to be healthy to live unencumbered and have the freedom to spend time with his friends and family” -says Colin

Kyle with his grandparents, Colin and Margie.

Since the launch of the campaign more than R17 000 has been raised towards their fundraising goal of R65 000, with kind contributions from 12 donors. 

Funds raised will be used to purchase the device, an additional battery to compensate for load shedding, as well as inevitable maintenance costs.

 Support Kyle’s campaign on BackaBuddy:

Alternatively, donate Via Snapscan:

Connect with Porky’s

Porky’s People NPC, is a non-profit organisation and Charity Marketing Consultancy based in South Africa. We share inspiring South African stories, charitable causes and information worth spreading. 🌍 💜Our passion is people and non-profits.

WhatsApp UsSubscribe to our Newsletter – Find us on social media @porkyspeople.

Expert Marketing & Media Consultant Services for Non-Profit Organisations

We provide Marketing, Media and Social Media support to non-profit organisations both locally and abroad. Our Services.


Create a crowdfunding campaign

South Africa’s leading crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy has supported more than 10 000+ individuals and charities in setting up fundraising campaigns for medical fees, tuition and various causes in South Africa. The platform has thus far raised over R310 Million.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.