Aidan is all the way from Johannesburg and suffers from Costello syndrome, a disorder that affects many parts of the body. This is such a rare condition that Aidan is the second case diagnosed in South Africa. For this bright and friendly young man, it has meant a thickened left ventricle and most recently, a tethered spinal cord.
At only six-years-old, he has had numerous surgeries and has gone under anaesthetic at least 10 times.
In July Kulula.com flew Aidan all the way to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to undergo spinal surgery, rectifying the spinal cord tether – a very challenging, long and intricate surgery. Mom, Melissa, says she was very nervous for her son to undergo such a serious operation but knew that he was in good hands with Professor Graham Fieggen. She also knew that the longer they waited to have the operation, the more risk there was for nerve damage.
“I couldn’t believe how looked after Aidan was by the nursing staff and doctors at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital,” Melissa says, “He was loved and cared for by all.”
The operation was incredibly successful and just a few days later Aidan was back on his feet, modelling his Kulula.com cape and mask. The family are so grateful to the airline for giving them the opportunity to travel to Cape Town and receive the best possible care for Aidan at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Melissa is also so thankful to all of the people who made sure that their stay in Cape Town was so memorable.