In winter 2009 Kids Haven received a 13year old with pale skin, watery eyes and a big tummy. She was very thin and fragile. She was coughing none stop. The father was the same and the mother was late form the same chronic illness. People from her previous shelter, her own family and friends had given up and was waiting for the day she breathes her last breath.
Although it was risky Moira’s arms were wide open.
She was in the sick bay from Monday to Sunday.The cars were filled up with petrol and the keys close by midday, midnight and early morning hours because the situation was critical 24/7.
Four times or five times a month she was driven to Baragwaneth Hospital in Soweto for Medical Treatments. She attended different clinics there-
-Shezi Harriet for chronic meds
-Pulmonary clinic(had holes on the lungs)
Also an Operation was done for Genu Valgus.
Boskburg Hospital also had 2 full files that belonged to her because of her everyday visits.
As hard and expensive as it was Moira and her staff never gave up not one appointment was missed, not one tablet was not given as prescribed by the doctors, not a minute was not spend giving the best that K H can(counselling,therapy,support,story reading etc)
A girl who was never at school for 4days in week during those years,when you look at her school work now,a prefect, a leader in an A class with hundreds of trophies.
Now 18years old, looking beautiful and health taking only 1pill for chronic meds, cured TB, 1 lung completely cured and a 1left with few small one. Attending Baragwaneth Hospital after every 6months for Pulmonary check-ups only.No more mid night drives to Boskburg Hospital. It seems unreal.
Visitors who have known her from the past years when they see her now they are amazed and can’t believe it and they say “Kids Haven a place where love is given,care is provided, life is saved and where souls are mended”.
In commemoration of World AIDS Day.
"Thank you Priscilla, beautifully written. If you remember right in the beginning I took her to Big Shoes for help when she was unable to keep her medicine down because she was vomiting so much. Luke referred me to specialists from JHB Gen who also helped to stabilise her, then started the long process that you describe. She had been in a hospice in Soweto, and was sent to us to be closer to her Dad before she died. Imagine if we said we could not cope with such a sick child. She is an example of why it is worth trying to help all the troubled children that come to Kids Haven. Your tribute to her renews my hope." Moira.
"Of course made me cry! But I remember now when she was so sick lying upstairs in the shelter and I used to rub her legs and back because they hurt so much! And once she began to get better she was so cheeky!!! A big thank you to Lee Rand Primary for allowing her to attend school when she could and giving her hope that she would get better.
When everyone does what is right - miracles happen!!!" Terri