Happy Endings

melissaHow does a child communicate that he’s in pain and that he suffers from Spastic Cerebal Palsy with Microphaly and epilepsy, when his only ‘language’ is crying?

While some people might have thought he was just being naughty – and ignored him – that wasn’t the case with little Andile*.

Thanks to the support of our ‘Special Angels’, we could take Andile into our care here at Nazareth House five months ago. Andile had suffered for more than nine months in a local hospital … with severe bedsores and unable to flex his knees, elbows and wrists. All he could do was cry non-stop.

But once he was in our care it didn’t take long for our dedicated staff to pinpoint all his problems and offer immediate relief. His chronic sores soon healed. And with gentle help from Occupational Therapy his positioning was changed so that the sores don’t return, and he’s in less pain.

Dedicated massage helped him to move his joints – and now little Andile’s smile is back. If there’s ever a tear on his cheek – it’s one of happiness!

Our dedicated staff don’t only focus on the well-being of the children, but in some cases also work with their parents so that their children can go back home.

Encouraging Andile’s mother to spend as much time with him as possible, and teaching her how to care for him properly, has seen him go back to his family weighing two kilograms more than when he was admitted.

Thank you to all our Special Angels for making ‘happy endings’ and ‘new beginnings’ possible for children who suffer from disabilities. Your kindness is a true blessing!

*Name has been changed.

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