Doctors, nurses praised in parliament

2019-05-14 06:00

Through the dedication and hard work of doctors and nurses, children have the opportunity to lead normal lives.

Recently, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Rondebosch, and Groote Schuur Hospital, in Observatory, were formally congratulated by the National Assembly for having performed groundbreaking, lifesaving surgery on an infant.

In a letter from speaker Baleka Mbete, following a motion passed in parliament, it was noted that a team of 25 doctors and nurses from Groote Schuur and Red Cross Hospital showed tremendous skill and care when saving the life of an unborn child, Kiara Louw.

Speaking at the groundbreaking event on Tuesday 30 April, marking the construction of the upgrades to the emergency centre at Red Cross Hospital, Kiara Louw’s mother, Sasha, thanked the hospital and the Children’s Hospital Trust for saving her child’s life.

She was in tears as she shared her moving story of how a scan revealed that her unborn baby suffered from congenital high airway obstruction syndrome. She was at the time five months pregnant. All her hopes and dreams were shattered when they were told what to expect when the baby is born.

“She couldn’t breathe, I was breathing for her,” she explains.

“But with the help of this wonderful team of doctors and nurses here at Red Cross, my daughter is alive today,” said Sasha.

Kiara is now a year old. She was born at 38 weeks and was released from the hospital when she was a month old. While trying to get used to the journey and still enjoying the baby, the first problems started. “I was about to feed Kiara and I realised she was not breathing. She couldn’t respond to anything. I had to give mouth-to-mouth through the tube while we tried to rush to the hospital,” she says.

When they got to the hospital, Sasha says the nurses and doctors did everything in their power to save the baby and at the same time keep them (Sasha and her husband) calm.

“We thought there was no hope for us until we met someone that told us we should go to the Red Cross. We came here and the help we got was really amazing. Kiara wouldn’t be here without Red Cross. I owe Red Cross everything,” says Sasha.

Provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo says their health professionals work day and night providing the best possible care to save the lives of many of the littlest patients. “Families travel across the country to this facility for lifesaving treatment. Many families leave here in despair; many leave here with relief. We commend all our dedicated staff members for providing them with hope. The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital have established an international reputation for excellence healthcare, offering a comprehensive range of specialist services,” said Mbombo.

Doctor Anita Parbhoo, Medical Manager at Red Cross, says the management of Red Cross is very proud of their staff for this acknowledgment. “This type of event takes many hours of planning and working together across many different categories of staff. This is an accolade for our staff that has worked together with Groote Schuur Hospital to make this life-changing surgery possible for this patient and her family.”

Alaric Jacobs, spokesperson for Groote Schuur Hospital, says: “Groote Schuur Hospital is appreciative of this acknowledgment by the speaker of parliament.

“Caring for patients and making a difference is what we strive to do. As always, working hand-in-hand with Red Cross Hospital has been beneficial to a patient and the family.” Jacobs concludes.

Through the dedication and hard work of doctors and nurses, children have the opportunity to lead normal lives.

Recently, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Rondebosch, and Groote Schuur Hospital, in Observatory, were formally congratulated by the National Assembly for having performed groundbreaking, lifesaving surgery on an infant.

In a letter from speaker Baleka Mbete, following a motion passed in parliament, it was noted that a team of 25 doctors and nurses from Groote Schuur and Red Cross Hospital showed tremendous skill and care when saving the life of an unborn child, Kiara Louw.

Speaking at the groundbreaking event on Tuesday 30 April, marking the construction of the upgrades to the emergency centre at Red Cross Hospital, Kiara Louw’s mother, Sasha, thanked the hospital and the Children’s Hospital Trust for saving her child’s life.

She was in tears as she shared her moving story of how a scan revealed that her unborn baby suffered from congenital high airway obstruction syndrome. She was at the time five months pregnant. All her hopes and dreams were shattered when they were told what to expect when the baby is born.

“She couldn’t breathe, I was breathing for her,” she explains.

“But with the help of this wonderful team of doctors and nurses here at Red Cross, my daughter is alive today,” said Sasha.

Kiara is now a year old. She was born at 38 weeks and was released from the hospital when she was a month old. While trying to get used to the journey and still enjoying the baby, the first problems started. “I was about to feed Kiara and I realised she was not breathing. She couldn’t respond to anything. I had to give mouth-to-mouth through the tube while we tried to rush to the hospital,” she says.

When they got to the hospital, Sasha says the nurses and doctors did everything in their power to save the baby and at the same time keep them (Sasha and her husband) calm.

“We thought there was no hope for us until we met someone that told us we should go to the Red Cross. We came here and the help we got was really amazing. Kiara wouldn’t be here without Red Cross. I owe Red Cross everything,” says Sasha.

Provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo says their health professionals work day and night providing the best possible care to save the lives of many of the littlest patients. “Families travel across the country to this facility for lifesaving treatment. Many families leave here in despair; many leave here with relief. We commend all our dedicated staff members for providing them with hope. The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital have established an international reputation for excellence healthcare, offering a comprehensive range of specialist services,” said Mbombo.

Doctor Anita Parbhoo, Medical Manager at Red Cross, says the management of Red Cross is very proud of their staff for this acknowledgment. “This type of event takes many hours of planning and working together across many different categories of staff. This is an accolade for our staff that has worked together with Groote Schuur Hospital to make this life-changing surgery possible for this patient and her family.”

Alaric Jacobs, spokesperson for Groote Schuur Hospital, says: “Groote Schuur Hospital is appreciative of this acknowledgment by the speaker of parliament.

“Caring for patients and making a difference is what we strive to do. As always, working hand-in-hand with Red Cross Hospital has been beneficial to a patient and the family.” Jacobs concludes.

Through the dedication and hard work of doctors and nurses, children have the opportunity to lead normal lives.

Recently, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Rondebosch, and Groote Schuur Hospital, in Observatory, were formally congratulated by the National Assembly for having performed groundbreaking, lifesaving surgery on an infant.

In a letter from speaker Baleka Mbete, following a motion passed in parliament, it was noted that a team of 25 doctors and nurses from Groote Schuur and Red Cross Hospital showed tremendous skill and care when saving the life of an unborn child, Kiara Louw.

Speaking at the groundbreaking event on Tuesday 30 April, marking the construction of the upgrades to the emergency centre at Red Cross Hospital, Kiara Louw’s mother, Sasha, thanked the hospital and the Children’s Hospital Trust for saving her child’s life.

She was in tears as she shared her moving story of how a scan revealed that her unborn baby suffered from congenital high airway obstruction syndrome. She was at the time five months pregnant. All her hopes and dreams were shattered when they were told what to expect when the baby is born.

“She couldn’t breathe, I was breathing for her,” she explains.

“But with the help of this wonderful team of doctors and nurses here at Red Cross, my daughter is alive today,” said Sasha.

Kiara is now a year old. She was born at 38 weeks and was released from the hospital when she was a month old. While trying to get used to the journey and still enjoying the baby, the first problems started. “I was about to feed Kiara and I realised she was not breathing. She couldn’t respond to anything. I had to give mouth-to-mouth through the tube while we tried to rush to the hospital,” she says.

When they got to the hospital, Sasha says the nurses and doctors did everything in their power to save the baby and at the same time keep them (Sasha and her husband) calm.

“We thought there was no hope for us until we met someone that told us we should go to the Red Cross. We came here and the help we got was really amazing. Kiara wouldn’t be here without Red Cross. I owe Red Cross everything,” says Sasha.

Provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo says their health professionals work day and night providing the best possible care to save the lives of many of the littlest patients. “Families travel across the country to this facility for lifesaving treatment. Many families leave here in despair; many leave here with relief. We commend all our dedicated staff members for providing them with hope. The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital have established an international reputation for excellence healthcare, offering a comprehensive range of specialist services,” said Mbombo.

Doctor Anita Parbhoo, Medical Manager at Red Cross, says the management of Red Cross is very proud of their staff for this acknowledgment. “This type of event takes many hours of planning and working together across many different categories of staff. This is an accolade for our staff that has worked together with Groote Schuur Hospital to make this life-changing surgery possible for this patient and her family.”

Alaric Jacobs, spokesperson for Groote Schuur Hospital, says: “Groote Schuur Hospital is appreciative of this acknowledgment by the speaker of parliament.

“Caring for patients and making a difference is what we strive to do. As always, working hand-in-hand with Red Cross Hospital has been beneficial to a patient and the family.” Jacobs concludes.

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