Fahiema was 9-years-old when she was hit by a taxi on 10 June 2014. Rescue services immediately transported her to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Her injuries were incredibly severe and two days after being admitted to the Hospital, doctors found that she had swelling of the brain. By the 26 June, little Fahiema’s brain activity had started to slow down.
With its expert intervention, the Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s doctors were able to treat Fahiema extensively and finally remove her breathing tubes so that she could be transferred to Groote Schuur for rehabilitation.
With spasticity of all four limbs and wheelchair-bound, Fahiema required intense rehabilitation. On 22 August 2014, Fahiema was admitted as an inpatient to St Joseph’s for Chronically Ill Children thanks to the intensive rehabilitation programme funded through the Children’s Hospital Trust.
Through Physio, Occupational and Speech therapies, rehabilitation of basic mobility, daily living tasks and communication. Fahiema started to show slow but positive results. By October she began to show full comprehension of language and could answer Yes/No questions by pointing to a communication chart. Story book reading helped her with voice sound projection and timing.
The biggest miracle was when Fahiema returned from a weekend at home and could say a distinct “hello”. Her speech had returned.
Fahiema has responded so well to therapy that at the end of March this year, she was discharged. By then she was able to walk with the help of a walker, could communicate very well and could complete many daily tasks on her own.
In June, one year after her accident, Fahiema needs just a walking stick to walk. She attends Agape school for learners with special educational needs. Fahiema continues to grow stronger every day and is a testimony to the values of belief, determination and support. Her determination to heal is inspiring and supported by the staff at Red Cross and St Josephs. This special young woman will reach for the stars…
Thank you for giving Fahiema back her childhood.