Wheels to recovery

2018-02-13 06:00
Maitland Paediatric Orthopaedic Cottage Hospital in Newlands received four new wheelchairs from the Women’s International Zionist Organisation.

Maitland Paediatric Orthopaedic Cottage Hospital in Newlands received four new wheelchairs from the Women’s International Zionist Organisation.

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A radiographer at Maitland Paediatric Orthopaedic Cottage Hospital in New­lands took it on herself to make the lives of her patients easer.

When Myra Kamowitz heard about the Women’s International Zionist Organisation’s (Wizo) gesture of fundraising for wheelchairs, she submitted an application and requested that the hospital also be considered as a beneficiary.

Speaking on behalf of the hospital, Josephine Joseph says the wheelchairs are needed for the patients’ activities of daily living and to enable them to more easily move around the hospital.

Most of the time the hospital moves patients from wards to the X-ray department or to physiotherapy, or from the wards to the ablution facilities, playroom and art room.

She explains that prior to the donation, they would wheel one patient at a time. “The purpose of the wheelchairs is to use them around the hospital in the wards and in the physiotherapy room.

“We wheel our patients to facilities one at a time to prevent congestion in areas of the hospital.”

She explains that these wheelchairs will not be for individuals or to be taken home “unless the patient are between treatments and are allowed to go home for a few weeks, then we might send them home with a wheelchair which they bring back when they return to the hospital”.

“Because we provide surgery to lower limbs, a lot of our children, during their stay with us, are not ambulating, so they need assistance.”

Joseph says this good gesture by Wizo will help the hospital cut down on costs as they no longer need to buy new wheelchairs. She says funds that were budgeted for wheelchairs would be better spent on purchasing necessary items such as bandages and implants, to name a few.

Tamar Lazarus of Wizo South Africa says most of the time the need to be mobile and move around tends to be taken for granted by many, while to those who are physically impaired it could mean the world.

“We often take the ability to move in our home and community for granted – and with that the ability to learn, interact with others, and participate in family life. We are so pleased that we are able to assist, for now, 50 children with mobility impairments, and give them these wheelchairs of hope to enable them to lead active and fulfilling lives.”

She says these wheelchairs are aimed at children aged five to nine years old who are able to push themselves.

V The hospital accepts any form of donations. To assist, contact them on 021 674 2090 or at fund@mch.org.za or visit www.mch.org.za.

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