10 year old, Jayda Uiras, from Walvis Bay in Namibia, arrived with her mother at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on 9 May, 2015. She fell ill and they were flown into Cape Town by an emergency airplane.
Jayda was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and kidney failure. SLE is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. Jessica, Jayda’s mother, said that her daughter had become ill so suddenly that hadn’t known what was wrong with her. It was a worrying time for the whole family.
Jayda was in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for as long as three weeks and also spent two weeks in High Care. According to the doctors’ observations, Jayda does not need dialysis and she recovered well during the time that she spent in Hospital.
The family booked their Kulula tickets to journey home through the Children’s Hospital Trust office. They flew to Johannesburg and then to their final destination, Namibia.
“We were well taken care of at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, the doctors were great and they did a good job looking after my daughter,” Jayda’s mother said.
Jayda will be returning to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for check-ups over the next few years. She is very happy that she will come back to South Africa and see all of the friends that she met at the Hospital. Thanks to Kulula, Jayda and her mother are now back in Namibia safe and sound, at home where Jayda belongs.