“Azealin Joseph Smiles was born on 06 October 2017 and weighed 3.2kg. He was a normal happy child and just attempted walking and talking when he was hospitalised. On the 9th of August 2018, at 10 months old, Azealin started
having seizures. We rushed with him to the emergency unit at Life Rosepark hospital.
The doctors struggled to stabilize him and we almost lost him. He was given a lumber punch after which he was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis. After battling to keep him alive, the pediatrician admitted him to the Pediatric ICU where he stayed for 46 days.
When the meningitis cleared, more tests were done and Azealin was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with Brain Atrophy and Epilepsy. He is also blind in his right eye, and we are still not sure whether he can see properly through his left eye. He is unable to walk, sit and talk, and needs full time attention and special equipment to assist him with daily living and development. He will also have to wear nappies for the rest of his life.
Through donations and saving we were able to procure a buggy and bath chair for him but we are currently still in need of a Standing frame, Specialized bed, a Ramp at our home for his buggy and later his wheelchair, and Nappies.
Azealin also needs weekly physical therapy as well as occupational therapy which our medical aid refuses to pay at this stage. He needs to go see the pediatrician regularly and needs to have tests done every six months.
He has seizures or tremors more than once a day and needs medication daily to minimize the seizures and the effect it has on his brain. It must be said that after seeing his brain scans and evaluating his tests, Azealin’s doctors (pediatrician and neurologist) did not have much hope that Azealin would make any type of movement or effort to communicate or for that matter chew or swallow food.
It has been 3 years and apart from growing taller, Azealin chews and swallows his food, he communicates with us by means of sound. He has a different noise for a different feeling and he can distinguish between his family members because he has a unique way in which he communicates with each of us.
He has no trouble at all moving his arms and legs and even started mimicking crawling actions when he lies on his tummy. He even gets angry when his body fails to comply.
We are truly grateful for each day with him and thank God for bringing him back to us and giving us little miracles to look forward to with every action that Azealin attempts to do.”
Please open your heart and help us to carry the financial burden by ordering Azealin`s special “Just Smile” and “Love You to the Moon” Bracelets – all proceeds are donated towards his ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we CAN make a difference and help change his world!
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Just Smile Bracelets
The “Just Smile” Bracelets for Azealin consist of turquoise wooden beads with crystal, silver and diamante fillers. Charm options: Faith / Love / Anchor. To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.