Selina was three when she fell and knocked her knee which seemed like a normal toddler mishap, but the bruise didn’t go away and after two weeks she started to limp. A month later, Selina’s entire knee swelled and she was referred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Selina was sent for blood tests, a biopsy, X-rays, scans and an MRI at the Hospital’s Radiology Department. Within 24 hours Selina was diagnosed with a rare form of Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymph system. Fortunately for little Selina the MRI was able to detect minute differences in her soft tissue enabling the specialist Oncologists to make a quick diagnosis and start treatment. Selina will have radiotherapy for five weeks and though the cancer has stopped spreading, the affected tissue still needs to heal and her mother is looking forward to having her back home for good.
The Children’s Hospital Trust is fundraising to build and equip a new Radiology Complex to house the Hospital’s Radiology Department, Urodynamics Unit and Nuclear Medicine. All three departments play crucial roles in assessing the type of illness or trauma in children just like Selina.
Support the Radiology project or other Trust priority projects contact the Trust office on +27 21 686 7860