Easter Miracle Child
Ashica has overcome adversity time and again in her short life. She was born premature, weighing 1. 8kg and was born HIV Positive.
At 2 months she was re-admitted to Tygerberg Hospital with severe diarrhoea and a chronic cough. Ashica was also dehydrated, had dry
mucous membranes, and had a sunken fontanel. She was also diagnosed with Pulmonary TB, Acute Gastroenteritis Pneumonia and Failure
to Thrive. Everyone was concerned about her ability to survive.
Ashica was admitted to St. Joseph's weighing 3,79kg at 6 months of age. The nurses struggled to feed her as she did not swallow or
suck properly. Her mother died 2 weeks after she was admitted to St. Joseph's. She was diagnosed with pneumonia 3 times whilst at
St Joseph's and was referred back to Tygerberg with complaints of low grade fever with on-going tachycardia and a continuing case of
chronic coughing. She looked acutely ill with marked respiratory distress.
Ashica received excellent care at St Joseph's and after some serious hurdles, she transformed to a normal, healthy toddler. She
is slowly gaining weight and at 14 months now weighs 6,59kg. She is now learning to walk, and with a little support is able to make
her way around the ward.
Ashica is our Easter miracle child, which was made possible through God's blessings and with the unselfish support from our
Pallottine Sisters, the therapists, nurses and staff who were involved in caring for her.
These miracles would not happen were it not for the many donors who help St. Joseph's with prayers and donations. We invite you to
become a part of the solution that makes a difference.
We are all delighted to welcome Chantel Cooper to the St. Joseph's Family. Chantel will serve as the Resource Development Manager
and brings a lifelong commitment to the non-profit sector combined with an entrepreneurial background.
Chantel is charged with the task of raising the funds necessary to realize the mission and the goals of St. Joseph's.
Chantel is replacing Luis Medina who is bringing a long and fruitful career to an end. Our congratulations go out to them.
Chantel can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."