Every child dreams of a happy childhood no matter their limitation.
6 year old Tashrieq was admitted to St Joseph’s for Chronically Ill Children after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital; a rare condition that causes patients to lose all motor function for a significant period of time. At St Joseph’s, Tashrieq received over eight months of daily physiotherapy and occupational therapy – progressing from being wheelchair bound, to walking with a walking frame and crutches within months.
Now that his balance and strength have improved, Tashrieq can walk unassisted. Although he still receives intervention to improve his general functioning, Tashrieq has become fully independent. Therapists say that this brave boy has had a relatively quick recovery, thanks to the intensive rehabilitation, dedicated family involvement and his own self-determination.
The Children’s Hospital Trust is fundraising to develop an in-patient rehabilitation service at St Joseph’s for Chronically Ill Children, since many children are born with special needs or sustain injuries resulting in a need for therapy. St Joseph’s will set aside 25 of their 130 beds to develop an in-patient rehabilitation service as the Cape Metropole has limited rehabilitation services for children. The project, which will cost R3.9million, will increase their capacity from 16 patients to 130 patients per annum over 3 years ensuring that children like Tashrieq can reach their full potential.
For more information and to support these fundraising projects contact Chantel Cooper