Afrikaans singer Karlien van Jaarsveld was completely shattered after doctors realised that nothing can be done to treat her one-year-old daughter, Elah’s medical condition

Karlien and Joe Breytenbach’s little girl was born with a condition called portal vein thrombosis. The condition causes blood clots to form in the portal vein, which is responsible for transporting blood from the liver to the intestine.

The singer shared her pain through a heartfelt post on Instagram. She explained that Elah was set to have surgery over the weekend but things didn’t go as planned.

Doctors planned to insert a device called a shunt, which helps transport fluids from one part of the body to another.

“All we wanted after this massive procedure was for her to finally be healthy. Elah is in theatre at 5.30pm, the expected theatre time was 4 hours. At 8pm the doctor enters the pediatric hall, not where we expect him to be. We ran to meet him, scared, excited. He says, ‘she’s fine but I couldn’t do anything for her.’ It sounds like I haven’t heard right? Huh? What? Doctor say again? ‘I couldn’t do the shunt.’”

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Karlien detailed how she was instantly filled with so many questions, which included why her baby had to be cut open only for doctors to find that nothing could be done

The singer explained that she was heartbroken and that her faith in God had been tested.

“I don’t think my faith has ever been so tested as in these last few days, to see how things go from bad to worse and still trust that God is still the same as yesterday, still good, still with us, that he hadn’t disappeared or hid somewhere… My heart is in so many pieces.”

In December last year, Karlien cancelled several shows in Stillbaai, Langebaan and Herolds Bay after Elah fell ill and was admitted to hospital.

“I hope you will understand that my first priority will always be my children and that this is the only reason why I am cancelling these shows. I have to be with her. Please forgive me,” she said at the time.


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Stronger everyday! 🙌🏻 God is goed! Die sienlike kan mens rondgooi soos ‘n klein gelowige dissipel op ‘n boot waarop Jesus saam seil, maar al wat jy sien is die rowwe water en hoe hierdie moontlik gaan eindig. Jesus ekt vergeet U is saam my op die boot want my fokus het geskuif en ek het bang geword vir wat ek met my natuurlike oë kon sien en met my natuurlike ore kon hoor. Dankie vir die nuwe perspektief, dankie dat U arm nooit te kort is om te help nie, met U regterhand red U ons uit. U kyk anders as ons. I don’t want to hear anymore teach me to listen, I don’t want to see anymore give me a vision – (different Micah Tyler) dankie vir wat U kom bewerk deur hierdie, You’re making a way in the Wilderness and I trust You🔱

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