HOPE AND RESILIENCE AGAINST ALL ODDS
Limile Tsodo was born with kidney dysplasia and has spent most of his little life in and out of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. At only three-years-old, he was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at least three times and recently underwent an operation on his parathyroid glands. His tiny body has not developed properly, but his mind has developed far beyond his years.
This little Khayelitsha-based boy can speak three different languages, most of which he has assimilated from the people around him in the Hospital. His father, Luthando, says that his son is a very special boy and that the Hospital has become a second home for their whole family. For them it is a waiting game of ventilators, needles and dialysis, until a suitable kidney becomes available.
“We know that he is in good hands here, the doctors and nurses are very passionate about what they are doing and they have our utmost respect and support,” says Luthando.
Limile, whose vocabulary comprises words such as “ventilator” and “doctor”, turned four-years-old in August 2015. Luthando says, “Anyone who meets Limile will know, he tells you everything that he needs and wants. He has never been to school, but he is intelligent and picks up everything from the people he interacts with.”
This dedicated dad adds that it is a privilege for their child to be treated at the Hospital, where there is such a high demand.
“His mom and I are very aware of the severity of him having kidney problems, but we just keep putting our hope in the doctors and we just keep praying.”
Despite his circumstances of being stuck in a hospital bed and having to endure all the medicines, pokes and prods, Limile is doing his family proud with his enchanting spirit and matchless sense of humour.
Luthando says, “I just hope for him to get better. I just want to see him running around with other children and interacting and playing.”
He has also managed to steal all our hearts at the Children’s Hospital Trust with his endearing personality and remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. We too hope that Limile finds a kidney match and can go home soon to relish in a second chance at childhood.
With World Kidney Day being celebrated on 10 March, children like Limile need world-class paediatric intensive care services so that their journey in hospital is that much better. Help the Children’s Hospital Trust to raise the last R10 million to build a bigger and better ICU so that little patients like this can go back to their childhood where they belong.