A mother’s instinct saves her baby
“Uzair is my small baby, my precious boy, my first child. Just a few weeks ago, before we ended up at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, my instinct told me that something was seriously wrong with him.
As a young mother, seeing my baby weak and non-responsive to me was the most terrifying experience of my life, one that I will never forget. I vividly remember his eyes completely dropping deep into his skull. I didn’t know what to do, I was anxious and decided then and there to take Uzair to the local clinic in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
When we arrived, the nurses called our case a code red and booked an ambulance that rushed us to the Emergency Centre at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. The doctors and nurses connected wires and tubes to Uzair – a terrifying experience as I watched all of this happen to my new baby.”
Uzair was extremely dehydrated and because he was so small, he required immediate medical assistance to bring his vital signs (pulse rate, temperature, respiration rate, blood pressure and weight) back to normal. Once he was stable, Uzair was then moved into the Neonatal Pediatric Intensive Care Unit which became Cameron’s home as she watched Uzair grow from strength to strength.
“I am so grateful to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for their service and for helping my son turnaround at death’s door. As a mother, all we need to know is that there is someone out there 24/7 who can help us when we know our babies need immediate medical attention. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Uzair’s mother, Cameron