Emile is seven years old and has spent the last four weeks under the vigilant eye of specialist doctors at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. On the 17th of April 2014 Emile was tragically knocked over by a motor vehicle whilst returning home from school – a day that seemed to be ordinary as every other, turned into the most terrifying experience he had ever been through in his few years.
An ambulance transported Emile to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, where they established that he had broken his right leg and had severe damage to his skull. Fortunately for Emile, the Hospital has an all-equipped Radiology Department where X-Rays, scans and MRI’s were performed for doctors to have a quick analysis of how his accident had injured his little body. Such facilities are crucial in assessing trauma in children and the MRI was especially necessary for Emile to detect minute differences in his soft tissue as a result of the impact on his skull.
Emile is currently maintaining a steady recovery in the Hospital and will remain there until he is fully recovered and well enough to return home. Emile is one of 45,000 patients who need the services of the Radiology Department each year and this growing number is taking its toll on the 40 plus staff who work tirelessly to deliver accurate feedback to doctors to make diagnoses.