St Joseph's Home for chronically ill children, Cape Town




Our Christmas Miracle

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.

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A Time for Gratitude

The beginning of December is a very busy time for SJH as many of our children are discharged to go home. Many will go home permanently and some children will only go for the holidays. The excitement is infectious and gives rise to the realization of the importance of family and what it represents to each child. We are grateful to be able to send a child home and are sensitive to the needs of those children who are not able to go home.

Christmas is a special time of the year where we experience an abundance of kindness, love and generosity. The season brings the custom of giving, family, love, hope and appreciation for what we have.

We are able to continue making a difference as a result of your generous support, thank you.


Some of our Precious Moments

As we reflect on 2012, it was a year filled with joy, tears and hope. A few children earned their angel wings and many more have gone home to their families.

There were many precious moments that we are thankful for.
2012 pics
wishes 2012

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through your bank:
St Joseph's Home for Children
Standard Bank, Account Number:
271 1666 14
Branch Code: 036 309
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