Kiera’s Story2018-08-07T16:08:37+00:00

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Meet Kiera 

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The first patient in the Upgraded Neonatal Unit at Red Cross Children’s Hospital

“Doctors told us that if her spine doesn’t heal, it could lead to meningitis.”

For Kiera’s family, her unexpected diagnosis with Spina bifida at birth caught them totally off guard. Spina bifida is a defect that happens when a baby’s backbone (spine) does not form normally. One in one thousand babies are born with this condition. Her mother had no indications of any sort and could never have imagined that her new born baby would spend more than the appropriate time in the hospital, and above that, require urgent surgery.

Kiera was born on the 30th July 2018 at the Mitchell’s Plain Midwife’s Obstetrics Unit in Cape Town where she was first diagnosed.  She was then referred to Mowbray Maternity Hospital and was later transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Kiera required immediate surgery because without surgery, her future might have been limited.

Bianca, Kiera’s mother, said: “Doctors told us that if her spine doesn’t heal, it could lead to meningitis.”  These words left her mother very troubled with sleepless nights, as she envisaged her baby daughter fighting for her life at just a few days old.

After a successful surgery, Kiera was the first baby to be transferred to the new Neonatal High Care Ward at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

However, during this time, she had also accumulated water on her brain and her family is naturally extremely worried about their baby daughter.  Kiara is being very closely monitored and thank you to the recent ICU Upgrade and Expansion Project at the Hospital, Kiera is being well protected from the outside world as she lies in one of the-state-of-the art incubators at this new High Care facility.

Bianca is very grateful to the Hospital and staff, but she is ready to take her baby home and wish this emotional rollercoaster farewell.

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Kiera – The first patient in the Upgraded Neonatal Unit at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Kiera – The first patient in the Upgraded Neonatal Unit at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

“Doctors told us that if her spine doesn’t heal, it could lead to meningitis.”

For Kiera’s family, her unexpected diagnosis with Spina bifida at birth caught them totally off guard. Spina bifida is a defect that happens when a baby’s backbone (spine) does not form normally. One in one thousand babies are born with this condition. Her mother had no indications of any sort and could never have imagined that her new born baby would spend more than the appropriate time in the hospital, and above that, require urgent surgery.

Kiera was born on the 30th July 2018 at the Mitchell’s Plain Midwife’s Obstetrics Unit in Cape Town where she was first diagnosed.  She was then referred to Mowbray Maternity Hospital and was later transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Kiera required immediate surgery because without surgery, her future might have been limited.

Bianca, Kiera’s mother, said: “Doctors told us that if her spine doesn’t heal, it could lead to meningitis.”  These words left her mother very troubled with sleepless nights, as she envisaged her baby daughter fighting for her life at just a few days old.

After a successful surgery, Kiera was the first baby to be transferred to the new Neonatal High Care Ward at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

However, during this time, she had also accumulated water on her brain and her family is naturally extremely worried about their baby daughter.  Kiara is being very closely monitored and thank you to the recent ICU Upgrade and Expansion Project at the Hospital, Kiera is being well protected from the outside world as she lies in one of the-state-of-the art incubators at this new High Care facility.

Bianca is very grateful to the Hospital and staff, but she is ready to take her baby home and wish this emotional rollercoaster farewell.

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