The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is the only place in South Africa that offers revascularisation surgery for paediatric stroke patients due to Moyamoya disease. Moyamoya disease is a condition where the blood vessels supplying the brain get narrower over time, resulting in inadequate delivery of blood to the brain and eventually results in strokes. The revascularisation for paediatrics, involves creating a bypass from the external blood supply system to the internal blood supply system to improve the blood supply to the brain.
The Hospital has only identified 12 cases of the disease since 2009. Click here to read the full article.