Ruby’s last wish – chicken nuggets for dinner

A collage created by Ruby Ballack's mother, Wanda, who said goodbye to her beautiful daughter and celebrated her life simultaneously. Top middle: Ruby with her baby sister, Mika Schmidt. Photo: Submitted

It is with great sadness that the News reports that Ruby Ballack, a resident of Krugersdorp who was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension 23 months ago, died on Friday, 16 June at about 6pm.

Riverstone Lodge in Kromdraai held a fundraiser for Ruby that day, and her mother, Wanda, gave a speech about organ donation and how you could save a life.

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Ruby was in the lodge’s guest room with her family, discussing what they were going to have for dinner. Ruby said she wanted some chicken nuggets and that she wanted to sit down and eat at the restaurant instead of using the drive- through.

Then, she suffered a massive seizure. She collapsed, and Wanda contacted an ambulance.

“The paramedics arrived and did CPR for about 90 minutes before declaring her dead. The room was a mess,” said Wanda. “The paramedic’s defibrillator was standing in the corner, the medical kit was unpacked, there was equipment everywhere and they really did everything they could to resuscitate her. But, because of her fragile body and her prolonged illness, the paramedics couldn’t save her.”

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The cause of her death is believed to be heart failure which might have caused fluid in her lungs.

“Ruby lost her battle, but it doesn’t mean that I will stop being an advocate for organ donation,” said Wanda. “I still want to tell people that their organs can save other people’s lives.”

People who knew Ruby posted numerous farewell wishes on her mother’s Facebook page after she announced that Ruby had died.

Madeline Piercey wrote, “Rest in peace Rubs. It was an honour having you in our lives and knowing you. We know you have fought with everything in you and you are the bravest girl I know. We will miss you so much and you will always be in our hearts. You will always be our brave heart warrior, we love u Rubs.”

Liza Welsh wrote, “On this journey the Lord blesses me with meeting incredible people, people who know what it means to fight the good fight. Every time someone gave a bad report on Ruby’s health or the financial situation, Wanda’s answer was ‘But God’.

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My dear friend, you are an incredible woman of faith, you lived your Love for Jesus and your faith in His willingness and ability to heal Ruby, until the very end.”

Razelle Shulman wrote, “Ruby I am sure all that are on the PH Support Group will agree with me when I say what a brave fighter you were and throughout your fight to live in the time we got to know you. I know I am going to miss you and I am sure they all will too. You inspired me and I thank you for teaching me how to live a positive life regardless of circumstances. Breathe easy and rest in peace. Until I meet you again.”

Read more posts on Wanda’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/wanda.duplessissch?fref=ts

To register as an organ donor, visit the Organ Donor Foundations’ website at www.odf.org.za/

Wanda still wants to host a 16th birthday party for Ruby to celebrate her life and to create awareness for organ donation. Visit Ruby’s Facebook page Hope 4 my 16th – Giving Ruby Ballack hope through Amy Millet’s Legacy for more information.

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