“On our arrival, we were assisted immediately as his temperature was dangerously high and extremely serious for a newborn …”

“A new baby brings untold joy, indescribable emotions and changes your heart forever.  Our first son, Justin, was born in 1994, now 25 years ago. Gazing at him, chubby and perfect, I never imagined that in just a few short weeks after his birth, I’d be in complete panic mode as we rushed him to hospital. Justin had contracted pneumonia and as new parents, we instinctively knew that Red Cross Children’s Hospital was our only hope as they are a dedicated children’s hospital.

On our arrival, we were assisted immediately as his temperature was dangerously high and this is extremely serious for a newborn. He was assessed and placed on lifesaving medication and I remember how the nurse lovingly removed all his clothing to make him comfortable, the overhead fans blasting at full power to cool down his feverish little body. She checked on him every few minutes and comforted me when I despaired. I was deeply relieved and grateful to know that he was in such good hands.

I remember vividly that it was my grandmother’s 70th birthday party that evening but the only place for me to be was at my baby’s side.  A few of my aunties arrived with food and cake and to support me during this traumatic period which I happily shared with the staff who were so helpful to us.

No words can describe our gratitude for the wonderful care our baby received.

It is truly remarkable that exactly 25 years later, I find myself working at The Children’s Hospital Trust, raising funds for the very same Red Cross Children’s Hospital. I responded to an appeal to volunteer at the Trust and this later led to my being employed here for the past two years. My son is a healthy and thriving almost 25-year-old and we are extremely grateful for what the Hospital has done for us.“

Judy Govender, Mother & Fundraising Donor Support at The Children’s Hospital Trust.