Aiden - The Real Iron Man Story
Our son Aiden is six years old and has been fighting many medical challenges during his lifetime, some of which include a severe narrowing of the airway (supraglottic and laryngeal stenosis), which requires him to have a tracheostomy, which in turn gives him swallowing complications, which means he has a feeding tube for his additional calorie intake. Aiden is also a left hemiplegia, which resulted from a stroke. His Drs have requested that he needs to go to Switzerland to see a specialised airway ENT surgeon, who can help open up Aiden’s airway, which will help him breathe on his own and have a better voice. This will enable him to have a normal life and we only have this short space of time, a year maximum, to get this operation done due to growth limitations. It will not be able to be done after this time period and he will therefore need his tracheostomy for the rest of his life. No parent wishes that for their child and we are doing all we can to help our son.
Why Switzerland? Because no doctor in South Africa has done a surgery with Aiden’s complexity. We have been to many doctors in Johannesburg, which then led us to reach out to specialists in Cape Town, who have requested that we send Aiden to Switzerland, as this may be his last chance to a normal life.
Why now? Doctors have suggested that the best time for these procedures to be done is before Aiden turns eight years old. He will be turning seven in August this year, 2018.
If we are able to obtain the necessary funds needed¸ Aiden will be going to the Center Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where a series of three surgical procedures have been planned. The hospital has proposed that he gets hospitalised on the 6th of May, for a period of two weeks (we will have to be in Switzerland by the 3rd of May to give Aiden enough time to recover from traveling). Thereafter he will require a period of approximately two weeks of recovery depending on how he responds to the procedure. The doctors have proposed that we plan to be there for a minim period of three to four weeks.
We are required to provide a deposit guarantee of CHF 41,000 (Swiss Francs) upon/before arrival, which equates to approximately R521,110 (CHF/R R12.71 at time of writing). We have compiled a budget including; travelling costs, food, accommodation, day to day expenses, and an allowance for unexpected medical treatment, which has equated to approximately R1 million including the deposit guarantee.
Please help us get Aiden to Switzerland to obtain his life changing operations.
We would be ever so appreciative of for your support.
Mario and Jade (Aiden’s loving parents)
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