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Meet Kashiefa

Eight-year-old Kashiefa from Bonteheuwel is no stranger to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. This special patient has been in and out of the Hospital a few times over the last couple of years, following her diagnosis as a baby.

Kashiefa was two-years-old she was diagnosed as a severe asthmatic, following a string of random attacks. As a result, she has been forced to take medication on a daily basis, but she still has the occasional attack.  Unfortunately her condition affects her freedom as a child to run around and play, as she often has to refrain from certain physical activities to avoid getting an unexpected attack.

In order to manage her condition, Kashiefa visits the doctors at the Hospital every three months. “Her doctor is so wonderful – she really is very comfortable with him and he takes such good care of her,” explains her mom, Shanaaz.

Sadly, Kashiefa started complaining of chest pains a few days ago and suffered from an attack a day later. She was rushed to the paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Hospital. She stayed in the ICU where the doctors and nurses continuously tried to open up her chest, as she struggled to breathe.

Shanaaz says that even though it was difficult being in ICU, she was relieved that her little girl was in great hands. “It was the first time ever that I was able to leave her side and go for a short walk, because there was always, always a nurse right by her bed – they were very attentive. The ICU at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital is like no other – we felt a lot of support at all times.”

Fortunately Kashiefa has been discharged from the ICU and is currently recovering well in high care in the E2 ward of the Hospital. Shanaaz has no doubt that her daughter will be better soon and will be able to return to school, where she is in the top of her class.

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