During the 2015 festive season, whilst away on holiday with her family, two-year-old Milla suddenly became very ill. She was referred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital from Durbanville Mediclinic on Sunday, 3 January 2016. Milla’s parents were told that this was the best medical option for her, as both her kidneys had collapsed.
Ruperdt and Azille first realised that their daughter was terribly ill after she did not recover from what seemed to be mild Gastroenteritis that both Ruperdt and Milla’s twin brother, Jeandre, also suffered after swimming in a dam whilst on holiday. Ruperdt and Azille became very worried, especially because Milla was not her usual energetic and bubbly self.
The doctors at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital found that Milla had a very low blood count and she had to undergo a biopsy. Since being admitted to the hospital she has also had dialysis treatment. Both these treatments have been extremely taxing emotionally on Milla and her parents. Milla and her twin brother, who are normally inseparable, have not seen each other since she was admitted to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Her parents have been very worried about this.
Ruperdt says that the hardest part is that on some days they are unsure whether Milla will survive the night. Although Milla’s journey has been exceptionally challenging for the family, Azille and Ruperdt have been extremely impressed by the Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s doctors and staff members and they feel that the doctors’ positivity and constant reassurance has helped them cope during these troubling times. “We trust them with our child and would love to get involved and give back in any way,” said Ruperdt.