Good Morning Angels: A race against time to save baby Liané’s heart

Good Morning Angels: A race against time to save baby Liané’s heart

Nine-month-old baby Liané Roux has brought the community of Secunda together over the past few months after she was diagnosed with three congenital heart defects. 

Good Morning Angels Liané Roux
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BACKGROUND: Nine-month-old baby Liané Roux has brought the community of Secunda together over the past few months. When she was just four months old, Liané’s parents, Ashley and Quinton took her to the doctor. She had a fever and had difficulty breathing. She was sent for tests at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, where she was diagnosed with three congenital heart defects. These can only be mended by very intricate surgery that cannot be done at any state hospital. In fact, only the Maboneng Heart and Lung Institute in Johannesburg has been willing to do the surgery. With her weakened and over-worked little heart, any respiratory infection can lead to heart failure. Liané desperately needs surgery, which comes at a massive cost as her parents do not have medical aid. The Secunda community has rallied around this family to help save baby Liané’s heart. The Secunda Mall is planning a special fundraiser for her tomorrow evening. So far, the family has raised a massive R300 000, but they still need around R500 000 and time is of the essence. That’s why dozens of listeners have reached out to Good Morning Angels to assist this family.  

REQUEST FOR: Baby Liané Roux and her parents Quinton and Ashley.

REQUEST FROM: Various including Danelle van der Watt from Secunda Mall.

ANGEL: Sumarie Greybe, co-founder of Naked Insurance.

SPONSORING: Naked Insurance has donated R100,000 towards baby Liané’s heart treatment as part of the Naked Difference. The Naked Difference programme ensures that, in years when claims are lower than expected, Naked Insurance donates leftover premiums to good causes instead of taking it as profit.

YOU CAN HELP: To donate towards Liané’s heart operations visit:

If you are in the Secunda area, the Secunda Mall is doing a special fundraiser event for baby Liané on Thursday 3 March from 17:00 - 20:30

For details, visit:

Good Morning Angels Liané Roux


Good morning angels,

I have tried to help so many folks but to no available I'm afraid. Pretty please with a cherry on top can you angels make the time to look into this one.

Here is baby Lianè’s story...

Since the start of her life, eight-month-old Liané Roux from Secunda, Mpumalanga, has faced a number of serious health issues as a result of being born with three congenital heart defects.

Concerned that their daughter, who was four months old at the time, was showing signs of a fever, had difficulty breathing, and was tired all the time, doting parents Ashley, 26, and Quintin Roux, 36, took her to their local hospital, where she was initially diagnosed with a grade 5 Cardiac Systolic Murmur.

A week later, after seeing a heart specialist at Steve Biko Hospital, the family learned that Liané’s condition was much greater than anticipated, discovering that she was born with three congenital heart defects: VSD, DORV and TGA.

Ventricular septal defect (VSD), a hole in the heart, is a common heart defect that’s present at birth. The hole (defect) occurs in the wall (septum) that separates the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) and allows blood to pass from the left to the right side of the heart. The oxygen-rich blood then gets pumped back to the lungs instead of out to the body, causing the heart to work harder.

Double-outlet right ventricle (DORV), occurs when two large blood vessels don’t connect to the heart normally. In infants born with this condition, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the body (aorta) and the artery that directs blood from the heart to the lungs (pulmonary artery) connect partially or completely to the right lower heart chamber (ventricle). Sometimes these blood vessels are also reversed from their normal positions.

Transposition of the great arteries (TGA), is a serious, rare heart problem in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed (transposed).

As a result of her condition, Liané is at high risk of getting respiratory infections, and ultimately, suffering heart failure.

After meeting with the Maboneng Heart and Lung Institute in Johannesburg, the only hospital willing to perform Liané’s surgery, the Roux family were distraught, realising that between R800 000 to R1 Million rand is needed to save their daughter’s life.

Reaching out to the public for support, the family has launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, to make up the cost of the surgery, as they don’t have medical aid.

Grateful for the supporters who have shared their appeal and made generous donations to the sum of R94 000, the Roux family are ‘counting the days’ until Liané can put her difficult first chapter behind her.

“Words cannot describe the level of fear and heartbreak we felt hearing the words ‘heart failure’, knowing we have a financial mountain to climb and a race against time, to save the life of our little angel. We couldn’t be more thankful for the community that has formed around us to help fix Liané’s heart,” said Quintin.

Sadly I don't know this family but live In the same town.

If need be I will contact the dad and ask for any further details you might require.

God bless,

Michelle Booyzen  

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