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“Amy is fighting against kidney failure, fighting for her life.”2019-04-15T13:53:44+02:00

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Amy is fighting against kidney failure, fighting for her life.  

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Eight-year-old Amy suffers from kidney failure and is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. Her diagnosis caught her foster family by surprise when Amy started to complain about throbbing headaches and excessive nosebleeds. Amy spent weeks at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and with the help of the Hospital’s primary school, she managed to keep up to date with her assessments and classroom activities whilst bravely fighting for her life. Amy dreams of becoming the world’s next best beautician and kidney failure is not standing in her way. 

“Amy started complaining about extreme headaches and her nose started bleeding. I immediately rushed her to the local day hospital in Elsie’s River, Cape Town. We waited patiently and were relieved when the doctor said that it was just a sinus infection. A few days later, I noticed her face and stomach swelling rapidly and abnormally. I was anxious and not prepared to wait long at the day hospital. My husband and I decided to take her to a private doctor in Belhar, Cape Town; where we live. This doctor then referred us to Tygerberg Hospital, where Amy was diagnosed with kidney failure, something we never expected. After the various tests and medical examinations at Tygerberg Hospital, she was thankfully referred to The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.”

“Our hearts shattered as we heard the words from the kidney specialist: “There is a high possibility that Amy might not make it through alive”.

We earnestly prayed for her every minute and I was hopeful that she would make a miraculous recovery. Amy was placed on dialysis and surprised us all with her astounding improvement.”

“As her foster mother, I was concerned about her school work, as she was in the Hospital for a long period of time. I am grateful for The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Primary School who connected with Amy’s teachers at Parkwood Primary in Cape Town. This connection enabled Amy to keep up to date with all her class activities and assessments.

As a mother, I feared that this devastating set back would delay her school career.  I can see that the Hospital’s School really wants the best for her with their active involvement and bedside engagement. While going through this traumatic time, keeping focused on normal activities such as school work really helps with the recovery process and eases the stress related to missing out on certain foundation phase elements of her education.

I know that Amy wants to become a Beautician, as she loves pampering everyone at home, from doing hair, nails and makeup whenever she can do so.”  “Now, while we wait for a kidney donor, she still requires daily dialysis but despite her illness, we keep motivating her to pursue her dreams and continue to study and work hard towards that goal.”

“I can see that the Hospital’s School really wants the best for her with their active involvement and bedside engagement.”

Meet Amy  

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Eight-year-old Amy suffers from kidney failure and is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. Her diagnosis caught her foster family by surprise when Amy started to complain about throbbing headaches and excessive nosebleeds. Amy spent weeks at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and with the help of the Hospital’s primary school, she managed to keep up to date with her assessments and classroom activities whilst bravely fighting for her life. Amy dreams of becoming the world’s next best beautician and kidney failure is not standing in her way. 

“Amy started complaining about extreme headaches and her nose started bleeding. I immediately rushed her to the local day hospital in Elsie’s River, Cape Town. We waited patiently and were relieved when the doctor said that it was just a sinus infection. A few days later, I noticed her face and stomach swelling rapidly and abnormally. I was anxious and not prepared to wait long at the day hospital. My husband and I decided to take her to a private doctor in Belhar, Cape Town; where we live. This doctor then referred us to Tygerberg Hospital, where Amy was diagnosed with kidney failure, something we never expected. After the various tests and medical examinations at Tygerberg Hospital, she was thankfully referred to The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.”

“Our hearts shattered as we heard the words from the kidney specialist: “There is a high possibility that Amy might not make it through alive”.

We earnestly prayed for her every minute and I was hopeful that she would make a miraculous recovery. Amy was placed on dialysis and surprised us all with her astounding improvement.”

“As her foster mother, I was concerned about her school work, as she was in the Hospital for a long period of time. I am grateful for The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Primary School who connected with Amy’s teachers at Parkwood Primary in Cape Town. This connection enabled Amy to keep up to date with all her class activities and assessments.

As a mother, I feared that this devastating set back would delay her school career.  I can see that the Hospital’s School really wants the best for her with their active involvement and bedside engagement. While going through this traumatic time, keeping focused on normal activities such as school work really helps with the recovery process and eases the stress related to missing out on certain foundation phase elements of her education.

I know that Amy wants to become a Beautician, as she loves pampering everyone at home, from doing hair, nails and makeup whenever she can do so.”  “Now, while we wait for a kidney donor, she still requires daily dialysis but despite her illness, we keep motivating her to pursue her dreams and continue to study and work hard towards that goal.”

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