St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill ChildrenNewsletter June 2013

Changing Lives, One Small Step at a Time

Our Miracle Child

Jevani was born on 24 December 2008 and has since the age of 1 year had multiple admissions to Victoria hospital in Wynberg for malnourishment and non-compliance of his chronic medication. Sadly, he and his siblings had been abandoned by their parents and were placed in their maternal grandmother’s care. She failed to take him for his follow up appointments and on 3 January 2012 he was again admitted to Victoria Hospital with severe malnourishment and was also diagnosed with TB.

He was referred to St Joseph’s Home for sub acute care and on completion of his TB treatment he was discharged by his doctor into his grandmother’s care in August 2012. In December 2012 Jevani was again admitted to Victoria hospital. Sadly, this time he has suffered a stroke and right sided hemiplegia and speech regression. He was transferred to RXH for acute treatment of his condition and admitted to ICU.

When stabilized, Jevani was referred to St Joseph’s Home. Despite being 5 years of age, he was not able to walk or talk and was dependant on the staff for mobility and self-care activities. After receiving regular physio and occupational therapy, he is now able to walk with minimal support and is less dependent on the staff.

His speech has improved tremendously with the help of speech therapy and he is able to communicate with his peers and staff. Attending crèche has also speeded up his progress and his determination has been a big contributing factor in his exceptional recovery and wellbeing.

Jevani is still at St Joseph’s Home and he is an inspiration to us all.


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Introducing our new service, Speech Therapy

Annelize Chambers joined the staff of St Joseph’s Home on 8th April as a speech therapist.Before coming to St Joseph’s Home, Annelize worked for 3 years at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London as a speech therapist where she specialized in Dysphasia (feeding disorders). After her stint in the UK, Annelize returned to South Africa and worked in private practice and as a locum at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.Annelize was brought on board our therapeutic team to provide the much needed speech therapy service for our children. Previously this service had been provided by students from the universities but on a very part time basis. Speech Therapy is an essential part of rehabilitation and especially so for the children with neurological problems.

As the Home is embarking on the extension of our rehab service, the appointment of a speech therapist became imperative. We know that Annelize’s experience in the UK and here in South Africa will equip her well for the task that lies ahead!

Our pilot paediatric rehab project is scheduled to start on the 1st August 2013.

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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