Esam is two years old and was admitted to St Josephs during July 2012 for rehabilitation and stimulation. She was diagnosed with Guillan Barre Syndrome by the doctors at Tygerberg Childrens Hospital. Guillan Barre Syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. This leads to nerve inflammation that causes muscle weakness. On arrival, Esam could move her head slightly and elevate her shoulders. She was not able to move her lower limbs which resulted in her not being able to stand or walk and needed support to sit.
Our Therapy team implemented a detailed programme of holistic therapy that focused on stimulation. This focused on building muscle strength and enhanced lower limb mobility. Esam is a special child in that she appears to be shy, but behind her sparkling smile lay a determined conviction to walk again. Her resolve paid off and she started walking in October, three months after arriving at St Josephs.
It is heart warming to watch Esam literally strut up and down the ward as she is so proud of her ability to walk again. Not only is she able to walk again, she is now able to eat by herself and do what other children her age can do. We are so proud of her.
Esam will be discharged in December and go home to her mother in Ceres. Our nursing and therapy team were instrumental in her recovery and this would not have been possible without them.