Baby Beuran was born in Ladismith in the Klein Karoo, but before he could be welcomed home, this newborn had to travel all the way to Cape Town for specialist medical care. His mother Annette explains that she had a healthy pregnancy but when her baby was born, doctors had to insert a breathing tube as he had difficulty breathing. With just the clothes she was wearing and Beuran’s nappy bag in hand, Annette and her infant son were transported to George Hospital, about 150km from Ladismith, where she was told that Beuran had a hole in his lung.
Mom and baby were flown to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Beuran was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for critical care while he awaited surgery. His surgery was a success and after another week in ICU, under the watchful vigilance of critical care specialists, Beuran was discharged and returned home to meet his family.
This little chap now has a chance at a normal childhood. This Hospital’s ICU accommodates 22 of the 26 ICU beds set aside for children across public and private sectors in the Western Cape and provides emergency care for critically ill or injured children from around South Africa. The upgrade and expansion of this vital unit is the Children’s Hospital Trust’s latest fundraising initiative and over R100million is needed to increase bed capacity and the addition of isolation cubicles and neonatal care.
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