Baby Amanda was born healthy and lived a normal life until she was seven-months-old.
She started having difficulty breathing which included sweating and her heart beating faster than normal.
Baby Amanda was hospitalised for a month at Sebokeng Hospital where doctors discovered she had a hole in her heart. She was diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect.
“After a month in hospital, I lost hope but she showed me what a fighter she was,” says Amanda’s mom, Puleng Mokhali. “I was too afraid to think about the future for her. I was taking things one day at a time.”
The infant spent another three weeks at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital before being transferred to Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) for cardiac surgery.
The operation was successful.
Baby Amanda recovered sooner than expected and most of her symptoms (sweating and abnormal heartbeat) stopped.
Mokhali said she was grateful to the NMCH family for their spirit of Ubuntu.
“Their love for children is remarkable. Everyone wanted to hold Baby Amanda and play with her. She was spoiled with toys and I almost forgot that she was sick but when I did remember, a social worker was available to talk to me. I felt like I was with a true family”.