25th December 2017

“It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters but who’s around it”

Merry Christmas to everyone. Pieter was able to spend 2 nights at home and enjoy Christmas with the family. Kai was also very happy to have his daddy home.

Thank you for all donations so far.


21st December 2017

"Look at how far you've come. Now, IMAGINE how far you'll go"

Pieter Van Greunen your journey is evidence of hard work. This video just shows how far you've come and how hard you have worked. Well done!

Please continue supporting the Van Greunen family by donating at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/ch…/project/rise-again-campaign


18th December 2017

Braai day

We arranged a braai at Vincent Pallotti for Pieter. He had so much fun just spending time with friends and family around the braai. He especially enjoyed his first beer in over 3 months 😉 We will definitely do it again soon. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. Please continue to share his story so that hopefully one day soon he can braai for us.

13th December 2017

"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must but take the step"

Pieter Van Greunen holding Kai in his arms for the first time! In the past few weeks Pieter has worked immensely hard to achieve one of his greatest goals "To pick up his son again" and this right here is evidence of his hard work.
We all know you are capable of achieving every goal you set yourself, so just keep fighting. We salute you

11th December 2017

Pieter in the "News"

Pieter's story and journey has been published in multiple news outlets today and his story continues to inspire many people out there. Please go read the news articles below. 



8th December 2017

Goal: "To be able to pick up my son Kai"

Pieter is working extremely hard every day to strengthen his arms. He has set himself a goal and that is to be able to pick up his son Kai. This motivation is pushing him to his limits and he will not stop until he succeeds!

6th December 2017

Differently Abled

"The strongest people are not those that show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about"

Today Pieter Van Greunen and his friends from rehab celebrated international disability day. It was a very successful day and Pieter thoroughly enjoyed it. The day was filled with many inspirational talks however the reality of what a massive financial impact a disability can have on a family was just once again reiterated. We would just like to thank everyone who has made donations thus far, Pieter is very grateful for everyones kindness and generosity. Please continue to share Pieter's inspirational story.

4th December 2017

"I believe in the person I want to become"

Pieter is still remaining positive and works hard every day.

He absolutely loves the visits from Kai.

2nd December 2017

Week 3 at Rehab

Today was a good day for Pieter. He is in good spirits and working very hard in the gym. He had a special visit from Kai who joined in on all the fun exercises. Pieter can feel his arms are getting stronger and he can't wait to be able to pick up his beautiful son. This for now, is his biggest goal to achieve.

25th November 2017

Special visit

Today Pieter has a special visit from Joey Evans. Joey suffered a spinal cord injury in 2007. He has walked the path that Pieter is facing and is a true inspiration for Pieter to never back down. 

"I didn't come this far to only get this far" - Joey Evans

21st November 2017

Rehab is not for the faint hearted

The first week at rehab has been tough for Pieter. He has been struggling with nausea & dizziness when being transferred to his wheelchair and has had a tummy bug which has left him feeling weak and tired. He is however very determined and working hard every day. 


14th November 2017

Good Bye UCT

Pieter is doing very well. He is being transferred to Vincent Pallotti Rehabilitation centre to start the long hard journey to become independent again. Its been a very sad and emotional day for Pieter as he says good bye to all the wonderful staff at UCT private hospital. Once Pieter is at the rehab centre they will get him up in a wheelchair and in gym every day to start training his arms and shoulders so that he can become more independent. 

10th November 2017

Feeling the fresh air/sun again

After 55 days of being in ICU, Pieter's physiotherapist decided to take him outside to feel the fresh air and get some Vitamin D. They transferred him into a wheelchair and off we went to the garden. Pieter thoroughly enjoyed this trip. 

8th November 2017

Breathing on his own

After 53 days in hospital, Pieter has finally been extubated. No more ventilator and he can speak. This is a big day and we are extremely happy. Pieter has also regained some touch sensation on is right leg and both feet. This is in addition to the deep pressure sensation in his stomach and temperature sensation everywhere. The doctors at UCT will continue to monitor his lungs but we expect to be transferred to Vincent Palotti for further rehabilitation soon.

25th October 2017

A Good Day

Pieter excelled today with his saturation continuing at 100%. Speech therapist was there this afternoon and she is very happy with his swallowing. He will get some cheesecake to eat tomorrow (even though he would prefer a piece of steak 🙈) Otherwise his chest is clean and coping well with breathing on his own. He has also started getting some sensation in his left palm. This is good progress. Today was a good day.

24th October 2017

Toe Nail Painting

Pieter is doing well after a lung complication over the weekend. He is still struggling with secretions. The weaning process is frustratingly slow but atleast we are progressing. On a positive note, Pieter has started to feel deep pressure sensations on his toes, meaning he can feel when you touch his toes. He also feels pressure inside his gut when pressed, cold and warm down his back and feet. These sensations are all a result of nerve regeneration. We cannot yet know how much feeling he will recover. I’ve also painted Pieter’s toe nails today. I saw somewhere that the colours assists the brain to distinguish between the toes when he concentrates on moving different toes. We are willing to try anything 🙂

20th October

Kai turns 6 months old

Pieter is doing well and is positive. He enjoyed Kai’s visit today and was able to say happy half birthday to his son. He was able to do this because they temporarily deflate the trache’s balloon which then allows him to speak. His lungs are clear and weaning continues.

18th October 2017

Message from Pieter's Physiotherapist - Marchelle Lake

Over the past 4 weeks, as Pieter's intensive care physiotherapist, I have been able to get to know Pieter particularly well. On average spending 1-2 hours a day with Pieter. I have been able to admire the immense strength and determination he possesses. I am also witness to his unremitting and eternal love for his wife and son, Vernene and Kai. My journey with Pieter started out with an evening call from the ICU requesting aggressive chest physio to assist with lung complications following his injury. At this point Pieter was sedated and unaware of his surroundings.

As days passed, Pieter's breathing improved and I could tell that he was going to be that a "fighter". A flame inside me ignited as I knew that I was going to be part of this journey. This journey is one filled with many ups and downs, sad and happy days, excited and disappointing ones, days filled with tears and laughter, jokes and serious talks discussing what the future may hold. This journey has not been easy for Pieter and Vernene and the journey ahead will be a long and hard one. I however truly believe that Pieter is strong enough to overcome this, whatever the future may hold. Pieter has immensely inspired me with his courage, determination and bravery.

Fighting everyday for the freedom to breath again, he has made remarkable progress daily although some days have presented us with some challenges. Every day Pieter shows his fearless nature and pushes himself to the highest limits to achieve the best he can. For the next few weeks we will be strengthening his lungs and arms so that he can get stronger every day. Our ultimate goal is to get Pieter to breath independently without any machines assisting him.

"With faith comes hope"

Together with Pieter and Vernene we will overcome every challenge that comes our way so that Pieter can hold his beautiful son in his arms and rise again.


Jacques Erasmus Physiotherapists