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Meet Zia

“Where’s mommy Zia?” asks Lucrechia, as she sits next to the bed of her four-month-old daughter, speaking words of love. Lucrechia smiles when she realises her baby is smiling back at her. It gives her so much hope that her little girl will be okay.

Zia was born at Groote Schuur Hospital as a premature baby. Six weeks later, Zia was able to go home with her mother. Zia had flu and was having difficulty with breathing due to excessive coughing. Luchrecia was worried and took her to their local clinic. Zia was transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Zia was diagnosed with pneumonia and the left side of her lung was badly infected, resulting in her not having enough oxygen in her body. Zia was placed on an oscillator, which is similar to a ventilator. It assists with breathing until the lungs are strong enough to produce oxygen.

Zia is slowly recovering and her mom is relieved that she is opening her eyes again.  While speaking to Lucrechia, Zia clutches her mom’s finger and holds on tight.

Lucrechia is currently staying at the Parents’ Accommodation, which provides her with a place to stay. They also take care of her meals for the day.  She is thankful that her daughter is receiving the best care from the dedicated nurses in the ICU.


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