Samuel’s Story2018-07-23T11:20:39+00:00

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Nelson Mandela’s 100 Year Legacy Celebration – Samuel’s Story

“Nelson Mandela came out of prison and saved South Africa. He had no fear and never lost hope.” 

Samuel, a 13-year-old aspiring accountant speaks eloquently and with conviction. He has an obsession with figures and is passionate about cricket. His miraculous life story inspires his community in Bredasdorp, South Africa and many other patients entering the doors of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Nelson Mandela has inspired Samuel to never lose hope.

Samuel’s journey started at 6 weeks old when his mother took him to the local clinic in Caledon for his vaccination. Doctors noticed that he had a 60% leak in his heart and immediately referred him to Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. Samuel underwent many tests and it was discovered that he had a narrowing of the aorta (the aorta is the main artery in the human body, originating from the left ventricle of the heart and extending down to the abdomen). This was a life-threatening diagnosis and caught the family completely off guard. Samuel was then scheduled for an operation to cut out the narrowed part of the aorta.

During the operation, doctors noticed that his condition was much more severe as he also had holes in his aorta that would require surgery. He was rushed to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, where doctors only managed to close 20% of the holes. At the same time, they discovered that Samuel’s heart was beating abnormally slowly. Therefore, Samuel underwent another medical treatment known as a rush to speed up his heart beats.

For Samuel’s life to be as normal as possible, without having to dread abnormal heart pulses and having an emergency that could cost him his life, he required a pacemaker (a pacemaker is a system that sends electrical impulses to the heart to set the heart rhythm). Samuel received his pacemaker when he was 4 and after 9 successful years with his pacemaker, the batteries ran flat this year and were due for a replacement.

Accompanied by his devoted mother, Samuel returned to Red Cross Children’s Hospital for surgery on the 27th of June 2018 for the battery replacement. He spent the night in the E1 Cardiology ward for observation and was discharged the following day. Ready to enjoy the rest of the school holidays, Samuel and his mother soon made their way home.

Samuel’s kind heart and brave spirit make him a warrior. Having grown up with a life-threatening heart condition, he still considers his life to be completely normal. Despite not being able to participate in contact sport and certain activities, he focuses on his dream of becoming a successful accountant.

The way Samuel adjusted to the changing tides of life is extraordinary and is an inspiration to us all.

Samuel’s Story

Samuel, a 13-year-old aspiring accountant speaks eloquently and with conviction.

“Nelson Mandela came out of prison and saved South Africa. He had no fear and never lost hope.” 

Samuel, a 13-year-old aspiring accountant speaks eloquently and with conviction. He has an obsession with figures and is passionate about cricket. His miraculous life story inspires his community in Bredasdorp, South Africa and many other patients entering the doors of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Nelson Mandela has inspired Samuel to never lose hope.

Samuel’s journey started at 6 weeks old when his mother took him to the local clinic in Caledon for his vaccination. Doctors noticed that he had a 60% leak in his heart and immediately referred him to Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. Samuel underwent many tests and it was discovered that he had a narrowing of the aorta (the aorta is the main artery in the human body, originating from the left ventricle of the heart and extending down to the abdomen). This was a life-threatening diagnosis and caught the family completely off guard. Samuel was then scheduled for an operation to cut out the narrowed part of the aorta.

During the operation, doctors noticed that his condition was much more severe as he also had holes in his aorta that would require surgery. He was rushed to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, where doctors only managed to close 20% of the holes. At the same time, they discovered that Samuel’s heart was beating abnormally slowly. Therefore, Samuel underwent another medical treatment known as a rush to speed up his heart beats.

For Samuel’s life to be as normal as possible, without having to dread abnormal heart pulses and having an emergency that could cost him his life, he required a pacemaker (a pacemaker is a system that sends electrical impulses to the heart to set the heart rhythm). Samuel received his pacemaker when he was 4 and after 9 successful years with his pacemaker, the batteries ran flat this year and were due for a replacement.

Accompanied by his devoted mother, Samuel returned to Red Cross Children’s Hospital for surgery on the 27th of June 2018 for the battery replacement. He spent the night in the E1 Cardiology ward for observation and was discharged the following day. Ready to enjoy the rest of the school holidays, Samuel and his mother soon made their way home.

Samuel’s kind heart and brave spirit make him a warrior. Having grown up with a life-threatening heart condition, he still considers his life to be completely normal. Despite not being able to participate in contact sport and certain activities, he focuses on his dream of becoming a successful accountant.

The way Samuel adjusted to the changing tides of life is extraordinary and is an inspiration to us all.

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