BMW i8 ride becomes a reality for blind child

Avishesh Baijnath enjoying the BMW i8 ride.

A dream of riding in a BMW i8 car became a reality for a blind fast cars and action fanatic, Avishesh Baijnath, of Umhlanga, recently.

In celebration of his 15th birthday, themed Fast & Furious, Avishesh, who has a passion for the Fast & Furious brand, gave his parents a challenge when he said he wanted a ride in the BMW i8 as his present.

His mother, Nadhira Baijnath, said despite this being the less easier to plan, they decided to give him what he desired.

Knowing that getting the BMW i8 ride was going to be a huge challenge for them, the youngster’s parents went out of their way to make their son’s birthday an extra special one.

Wanting only the best for him, Nadhira contacted the owner of BMW Supertech, Shabir Tayob, and relayed her son’s request to him.

“Without any hesitation he said “take it as done.” I was extremely emotional because in this day and age not many businesses have the empathetic touch to business. I could not believe that we were going to make his wish a reality,” she said.

The ecstatic family kept it a surprise and on the day of his party, BMW Supertech sent their salesman, Richie Pillay, to drive Avishesh to his party.

“He was over the moon when he heard the car revving in our driveway. Nothing could compare to his happiness at that moment,” said Nadhira.

Unlike any other children, Avishesh was born at 24 weeks of pregnancy at 880grams.  According to the young lad’s mother, doctors at Umhlanga Hospital were actually aborting him because he was so small but he survived.

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He was in the Neonatal ICU for 92 days because he was premature and his lungs were weak, but he persevered and survived.

Unfortunately, due to medical negligence he lost his eye sight in both eyes. Overwhelmed that her son’s birthday was a rousing success, the Baijnath family said they would like to thank BMW Supertech for making her son’s dream a reality and for showing so much love and kindness to him.

“They have showed that no matter how big they grow in business, they are still there to give back to the community and make a less able child fulfill his dream,” said Nadhira.

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