fbpx
Trinisha struggles to breathe for 10 years before finding hope2019-04-15T13:11:06+02:00

Project Description

Trinisha struggles to breathe for 10 years before finding hope  

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

After struggling to breathe since birth, 10-year old Trinisha and her mother, Vanneshree from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, rushed to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town in search of urgent life-changing specialist medical care.

“My daughter was a full-term baby, but at birth we were shocked when the doctors diagnosed Trinisha with congenital stridor, which is the narrowing of the airway which causes an obstruction resulting in difficulty in breathing. I remember everything as if it was yesterday.  At 2-weeks-old, my baby girl was transferred from R K Khan Hospital to Albert Luthuli Hospital for an emergency tracheostomy to insert artificial ventilation equipment to help her breathe. This process was daunting and new to me, I didn’t know what to expect. The doctors told me that she would outgrow her condition and that her tracheostomy would be removed when she turned 1 year.”

 Unfortunately, one year turned out to be ten years. The family never imagined their daughter would suffer and live uncomfortably for so long. 

 Trinisha’s mother was desperate for specialist advice to change her daughter’s restricted breathing, and her restricted development as she faced her unknown future.

“Trinisha had an extremely hard 10-year journey with her condition as the doctors in Durban could not manage to remove her artificial ventilation equipment which will then require her to breathe on her own. Each time the process was so stressful, and we waited patiently each year, hopeful that she would have her tracheostomy removed. It was devastating when the doctors told us each time that they couldn’t remove it yet.  Having a baby with a tracheostomy takes much effort and attention.  My husband and I had to wake up at night to clean the artificial ventilation equipment and to make sure that she was still breathing. We were so exhausted, and I was desperate for everyone’s benefit to have my daughter’s tracheostomy removed.”

“I then started doing research to find a specialist for her condition and I was led to Dr Shazia Peer who is an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist Surgeon at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. When we arrived at the Hospital, Dr Shazia consulted with us, and observed my daughter for 6 months, planning her life-changing surgery.

“It’s like I am dreaming because I never thought this day would come”

The operation took place on 15 March and it’s like I am dreaming because I never thought this day would come.  We are back at home and will only need to visit the Hospital again in a year’s time, to close the hole completely!”

“My experience at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital is always wonderful, the nurses and doctors gave my daughter excellent healthcare. They have not only showed love and care to Trinisha and all the other patients but to myself as a mother, especially in times of desperation.  I am so grateful and thank each and every one including Kulula.com who sponsored our flights between Durban and Cape Town. Incredible.”  Trinisha’s mother, Vanneshree.

“It’s like I am dreaming because I never thought this day would come”

Meet Trinisha  

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

After struggling to breathe since birth, 10-year old Trinisha and her mother, Vanneshree from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, rushed to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town in search of urgent life-changing specialist medical care.

“My daughter was a full-term baby, but at birth we were shocked when the doctors diagnosed Trinisha with congenital stridor, which is the narrowing of the airway which causes an obstruction resulting in difficulty in breathing. I remember everything as if it was yesterday.  At 2-weeks-old, my baby girl was transferred from R K Khan Hospital to Albert Luthuli Hospital for an emergency tracheostomy to insert artificial ventilation equipment to help her breathe. This process was daunting and new to me, I didn’t know what to expect. The doctors told me that she would outgrow her condition and that her tracheostomy would be removed when she turned 1 year.”

 Unfortunately, one year turned out to be ten years. The family never imagined their daughter would suffer and live uncomfortably for so long. 

 Trinisha’s mother was desperate for specialist advice to change her daughter’s restricted breathing, and her restricted development as she faced her unknown future.

“Trinisha had an extremely hard 10-year journey with her condition as the doctors in Durban could not manage to remove her artificial ventilation equipment which will then require her to breathe on her own. Each time the process was so stressful, and we waited patiently each year, hopeful that she would have her tracheostomy removed. It was devastating when the doctors told us each time that they couldn’t remove it yet.  Having a baby with a tracheostomy takes much effort and attention.  My husband and I had to wake up at night to clean the artificial ventilation equipment and to make sure that she was still breathing. We were so exhausted, and I was desperate for everyone’s benefit to have my daughter’s tracheostomy removed.”

“I then started doing research to find a specialist for her condition and I was led to Dr Shazia Peer who is an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist Surgeon at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. When we arrived at the Hospital, Dr Shazia consulted with us, and observed my daughter for 6 months, planning her life-changing surgery.

“It’s like I am dreaming because I never thought this day would come”

The operation took place on 15 March and it’s like I am dreaming because I never thought this day would come.  We are back at home and will only need to visit the Hospital again in a year’s time, to close the hole completely!”

“My experience at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital is always wonderful, the nurses and doctors gave my daughter excellent healthcare. They have not only showed love and care to Trinisha and all the other patients but to myself as a mother, especially in times of desperation.  I am so grateful and thank each and every one including Kulula.com who sponsored our flights between Durban and Cape Town. Incredible.”  Trinisha’s mother, Vanneshree.

Donate to Support Patients Like Trinisha

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Save A Child’s Life Today