Thulile Ndulini remembers her first visit to the gynaecologist for her prenatal check-up. After two miscarriages, this pregnancy had brought a lot of joy to her and her husband but that joy was short-lived. After some blood tests and scans, the gynae discovered some abnormalities with the baby.
Baby Gift was born premature. He spent most of his early days in ICU incubated and was later diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. When he was seven-months-old, it was clear that he was not gaining weight or crawling like his peers. His mom and dad grew concerned and took him to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital where they discovered he had a hole in the heart which was causing more complications given his condition.
In February, Baby Gift was referred to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) for an operation which was performed successfully.
Gift is currently recovering in the ICU at NMCH.
Thulile expressed her gratitude to the doctors and nurses for being helpful in guiding her through the steps of her child’s recovery, in particular their ability to explain in non-medical terms the condition.
“I hope the government can invest more in accessible healthcare systems,” she said.