Over R1 million has already been donated to pay for the medical bills of Dr Sindi van Zyl, who has been hospitalised with Covid-19.
The well-known doctor tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, at the beginning of the year and was admitted to hospital in February after having trouble breathing.
By the beginning of April, Van Zyl was still hospitalised and on a ventilator.
“She has suffered several complications related to a long stay in ICU, and we need more funds to pay for her continued stay in hospital until her lungs can cope without the ventilator,” her husband, Marinus van Zyl, said in a short statement on the fundraising page.
According to Marinus, hospital and other medical costs have already amounted to R1.5 million.
The anticipated ongoing weekly costs are between R150,000 to R200,000 per week in ICU.
By 3 April, a total of R1 016 644 had already been donated to the Van Zyl family trust.
The goal is R2 million.
Among the companies to pledge to assist with Van Zyl’s medical bills are Woolworths – R100 000, 1Life Insurance – R100 000, Ndash Food Popup – R10 000, DSTV – undisclosed, Kaya FM – undisclosed, La Creuset – undisclosed and Ford – undisclosed.
Meanwhile, Saturday was also the popular doctor’s birthday.
Many took to social media to wish Van Zyl a speedy recovery, while others shared stories about how she had been helpful to them in their time of need.