Micah is a cute little toddler of 2 from Mossel Bay. He has been struggling with chest problems for a few months and despite being hospitalised a few times as well as using a nebuliser at home, his condition persisted. One day Micah started crying terribly and his lips were blue. His frantic grandmother put him on the nebuliser to no avail and she rushed him to the nearest hospital. According to x-rays, little Micah’s lungs were clean but when the paediatrician at George Hospital saw a video of the little boy’s condition, she instructed them to bring him to George Hospital immediately. Tests revealed that the little boy had a congenital heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This occurs when four abnormalities occur together, including a defective septum between the ventricles and narrowing of the pulmonary artery.
Little Micah was flown to Cape Town so that he could be admitted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital to be operated on. His devastated family could hardly digest what was happening to their beloved boy. Thankfully, the operation was successful and his mom and grandma were overjoyed. He did have a minor setback when water pushed into his lungs but he is being treated for this and he is well on his way to recovery.
His journey has been exhausting and the first two weeks was a huge struggle for the family. Despite this, they are now well adjusted and very grateful to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Although they have family members in Cape Town, they chose to stay at the parents’ accommodation at the hospital as it gave them peace of mind that they could see Micah at any time. “Red Cross is excellent. I love it here. Really, everyone, from the nurses to the doctors, they are just excellent,” his grandmother tells us. “This journey has increased my faith and has taught me patience. When our back was on the wall, Micah has taught us how to rest in God.”
While Micah is recovering steadily, the family looks forward to returning home very soon. Micah’s mother encourages other parents to share their story to open the eyes of other parents. “Parents should always be alert and attentive to what their children complain about.” Wise words indeed.