Tadiwanashe is 5 years. She was admitted to SJH in 2008 when she was 10 months old. Tadi was born with respiratory problems but the problems were exacerbated by exposure to her environment. Her family was forced to flee their home in Khayelitsha to the city hall in Macassar as a result of the xenophobic attacks in 2008.
She developed a rare and life threatening form of lung disease in which small airways are compressed and narrowed by scar tissue or inflammation. As a baby, Tadi depended on oxygen to manage her condition and help her to breathe.
She receives regular physiotherapy as part of the treatment at SJH. This helps to remove excessive phlegm in her lungs and aids her breathing. This determined young lady no longer requires oxygen during the day, is gaining weight and reaching her age related milestones.
After attending our pre-school, Tadi started Grade R this year and is doing very well. She participated in her first sports day and astounded her therapists by winning all her races.
Her nickname in her ward is ‘Daily Voices’ as she is the self-appointed head girl of the ward and can give you a full report of what is happening and what has happened. Not only does she have natural leadership, she can speak three languages as well.
Many of us are in awe of her fighting spirit and know that she will continue to inspire those who meet her in her journey through life.