Kidney Awareness Week2018-09-06T16:31:43+00:00

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Meet Shavaan  

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Worrying, waiting and missing his twin ………

It was a late afternoon when Shavaan and his mother woke up from a nap at their home in the Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. When Shavaan went to the bathroom to urinate, he noticed some blood mixed with his urine. This left him frightened, and he ran screaming for his mother.

His concerned mother immediately took him to the local clinic in Port Elizabeth, where urine and blood tests were taken for examination.

Whilst waiting for his test results, Shavaan was booked into Dora Nginza Hospital for three days to be treated for a kidney infection. However, his treatment was not successful, and his condition started to deteriorate. Doctors, therefore, transferred him to the Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town.

After arriving at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, he was diagnosed with a Rapidly Progressing Glomerulonephritis. a syndrome of the kidney that is characterised by a rapid loss of renal function. He was also diagnosed with hypertension and a renal impairment. Therefore, Shavaan spent time in the E1 Renal Ward at the Hospital anxiously awaiting a renal biopsy which would assist the doctors to decide whether he would require a kidney transplant or further treatment.

Unfortunately, his blood pressure continued to spike and delayed the renal biopsy, Now, while he patiently waits, he is being treated with antihypertensives and antibiotics to assist with his current diagnosis. In the hospital, Shavaan and his mother long for their family, especially Shavaan who misses his twin brother terribly. Shavaan has a very quiet personality and the separation between him and his brother is making him miserable.

His mother’s advice to parents is “Parents should take note of anything their children go through, take one day at a time and rely on the support of your family.” Then she also expressed her gratitude to the wonderful staff at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for always being kind and friendly and helping to make her journey with her son a pleasant an experience as possible.

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Whilst waiting for his test results, Shavaan was booked into Dora Nginza Hospital for three days to be treated for a kidney infection. However, his treatment was not successful, and his condition started to deteriorate.

Meet Shavaan  

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Worrying, waiting and missing his twin ………

It was a late afternoon when Shavaan and his mother woke up from a nap at their home in the Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. When Shavaan went to the bathroom to urinate, he noticed some blood mixed with his urine. This left him frightened, and he ran screaming for his mother.

His concerned mother immediately took him to the local clinic in Port Elizabeth, where urine and blood tests were taken for examination.

Whilst waiting for his test results, Shavaan was booked into Dora Nginza Hospital for three days to be treated for a kidney infection. However, his treatment was not successful, and his condition started to deteriorate. Doctors, therefore, transferred him to the Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town.

After arriving at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, he was diagnosed with a Rapidly Progressing Glomerulonephritis. a syndrome of the kidney that is characterised by a rapid loss of renal function. He was also diagnosed with hypertension and a renal impairment. Therefore, Shavaan spent time in the E1 Renal Ward at the Hospital anxiously awaiting a renal biopsy which would assist the doctors to decide whether he would require a kidney transplant or further treatment.

Unfortunately, his blood pressure continued to spike and delayed the renal biopsy, Now, while he patiently waits, he is being treated with antihypertensives and antibiotics to assist with his current diagnosis. In the hospital, Shavaan and his mother long for their family, especially Shavaan who misses his twin brother terribly. Shavaan has a very quiet personality and the separation between him and his brother is making him miserable.

His mother’s advice to parents is “Parents should take note of anything their children go through, take one day at a time and rely on the support of your family.” Then she also expressed her gratitude to the wonderful staff at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for always being kind and friendly and helping to make her journey with her son a pleasant an experience as possible.

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