Ten year old Troy was admitted to St Joseph’s in July 2014 after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident whilst on holiday in Cape Town with his parents. During his first 3 months he was unable to fully participate in the rehabilitation programme. His medical condition was unstable, and he had tracheostomy and nasogastric tube in situ. He was semi- comatose and was readmitted several times to Tygerberg Hospital for problems such as respiratory infections due to aspiration, a hydrocephalus and depression.
With incredible care and love at St Joseph’s as well as intensive therapy, Troy became more alert and his tubes were removed just three months later. He learned to hold himself up while sitting and could communicate by signing.
He was discharged into the care of his parents after 10 months at St Joseph’s and was able to walk with help, feed himself and speak. This remarkable progress is owed to the incredible work by the care-givers at St Joseph’s and the Trust-funded programme.