Amy has come a long way from home to find her hope in Cape Town, South Africa. This 10-year-old girl is from Zimbabwe, where there are unfortunately no facilities to assist with her medical needs.
When Amy was four, she was diagnosed with a neurological-muscular condition and rigid-spine syndrome. She has also developed scoliosis and this led to her referral to South Africa for specialised paediatric care. In November 2013, Amy underwent surgery for a spinal fusion and bone graft at a private hospital in Cape Town but her journey to recovery was far from over. Complications developed soon after and she experienced renal and respiratory failure, her gut stopped functioning and she needed to have a tracheostomy inserted in her throat to assist with breathing.
After 10 agonising days of life-threatening complications for Amy and unrest for her parents, Amy was transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Her mother, Ange, noticed an immediate improvement in Amy’s vitals and though she had to spend some time in ICU, Ange has been satisfied with Amy’s progress from the very first day that she arrived.
Amy’s kidneys are healthier, her lungs need less support, her mother has been trained to care for her breathing device through the Hospital’s Breatheasy Programme, and she receives regular physiotherapy to regain muscular strength.
Ange has been overly impressed with the treatments and services Amy has received at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and says that when tests are done then the results are quickly attained and she has admired how the various sub-specialist teams communicate and work together to provide holistic healthcare for her daughter. Amy’s journey back to childhood might be far from over but the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has definitely impacted on her quality of life for now.