Twin sisters Audrey and Nicolene (1-year-old), arrived at St Joseph’s in February 2019 after being referred from Karl Bremer Hospital where they were treated for pneumonia. They were born prematurely and had low body weight, iron deficiencies and weakened immunity, all of which made them prone to infections and required frequent hospitalisation.
Daily nursing care encompassed administration of oral medication, 2-hourly feeding sessions and bathing. It was complimented by daily body massages to comfort, develop relationship with nurses and build trust. Feeding sessions became a special time for nursing staff in the ward, especially when their increase in body weight became visible and the team was reassured that the twin babies’ health is improving.