Project Description

From drowning to breathing easy  

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Lowellen had been left in the care of his grandmother when his mother received a call that he had drowned in a bucket of water left outside the house. His mother rushed home to a frightening scene of the grandmother pumping Lowellen’s chest to try get the water out of his lungs. When Lowellen was conscious again, he was rushed to George Hospital where he spent a few days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“I thought that I was going to lose my child when I saw the wires and the heart machine being set up beside him. It took days for Lowellen to recover and I was happy when they moved him to the children’s ward.”

 While I was grateful that my son had been stabilized and survived the drowning, my intuition still told me something was still wrong as I noticed irregularity in his breathing. Suddenly, Lowellen had stopped breathing. The medical staff tried to resuscitate him but couldn’t. I recall seeing their faces drop and painfully hearing the words: ‘we’ve lost him.’ My heart sank, and my tears couldn’t stop flowing.

 When another Doctor tried to resuscitate him one more time, Lowellen instantly gasped for air and was alive.”

 Further tests were done to examine Lowellen’s breathing problem and the results showed that he had extreme damage to his Larynx. The family from Oudtshoorn (George) was referred to The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for specialist advice and for a tracheostomy operation.

“Today, Lowellen has a trachy inserted and his breathing has improved. The medical staff at The Red Cross Children’s Hospital assured me that my son will be able to breathe normally after one year with his trachy. I have gained so much through the training and educational resources that the Hospital’s Breatheasy Programme offered me. Sr Jane Booth has trained me well and given me the confidence to tackle any emergency at hand. I am completely grateful for the equipment such as the suction pump and skills – I can now teach my mother and Lowellen’s caregivers as well.”

“When another Doctor tried to resuscitate him one more time, Lowellen instantly gasped for air and was alive.”

Meet Lowellen  

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Lowellen had been left in the care of his grandmother when his mother received a call that he had drowned in a bucket of water left outside the house. His mother rushed home to a frightening scene of the grandmother pumping Lowellen’s chest to try get the water out of his lungs. When Lowellen was conscious again, he was rushed to George Hospital where he spent a few days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“I thought that I was going to lose my child when I saw the wires and the heart machine being set up beside him. It took days for Lowellen to recover and I was happy when they moved him to the children’s ward.”

 While I was grateful that my son had been stabilized and survived the drowning, my intuition still told me something was still wrong as I noticed irregularity in his breathing. Suddenly, Lowellen had stopped breathing. The medical staff tried to resuscitate him but couldn’t. I recall seeing their faces drop and painfully hearing the words: ‘we’ve lost him.’ My heart sank, and my tears couldn’t stop flowing.

 When another Doctor tried to resuscitate him one more time, Lowellen instantly gasped for air and was alive.”

 Further tests were done to examine Lowellen’s breathing problem and the results showed that he had extreme damage to his Larynx. The family from Oudtshoorn (George) was referred to The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for specialist advice and for a tracheostomy operation.

“Today, Lowellen has a trachy inserted and his breathing has improved. The medical staff at The Red Cross Children’s Hospital assured me that my son will be able to breathe normally after one year with his trachy. I have gained so much through the training and educational resources that the Hospital’s Breatheasy Programme offered me. Sr Jane Booth has trained me well and given me the confidence to tackle any emergency at hand. I am completely grateful for the equipment such as the suction pump and skills – I can now teach my mother and Lowellen’s caregivers as well.”

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