Letter to the ICU Staff at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
“On Monday 04 December 2017 our family suffered a terrible tragedy. Our beautiful son,
Connor, fell into a bin we were using to capture water due to the drought in Cape Town
and he drowned. Connor was a strong boy and although he had been in the water for a
prolonged period, we managed to resuscitate him before he was taken to the Red Cross
The next 5 days were a horrible rollercoaster of emotions but one thing remained constant
and that was the amazing medical treatment Connor received and the compassion and
care we as a family received from the ICU staff. Connor sadly passed away on Saturday 09
We still cannot believe how amazing the staff were throughout our short time at the hospital.
Let me put it into perspective. The staff often work 30 hour shifts and yet they never once
blew us off when we asked the same question twenty times. They cried with us, prayed with
us and treated Connor as if he was the only child in the ward. This was not only applicable to
him though, they treated every child as if they were the only child – and this is how they
treated every child… as if they were the only child being cared for. On the Friday night
before Connor passed away, I watched in amazement as one of the nurses sang to a small
baby the entire night. When I finally went to get some sleep at 03h00 she was still softly
singing to the baby. The ICU has a 92% survival rate which is unbelievable but in December
2017 they lost 17 children. This would have a profound effect on anyone. It takes really special
people to work under these conditions and to still do it with the passion and dedication they
do, is beyond my understanding.
I just want to say thank you to all the staff in the ICU and I cannot think of a better way than
in the way Connor would have said it….”ten two”
Love the Weber Family
Daniel, Debbie, Grace and our angel Connor ”