Kaya FM has come to the rescue of a mother who allegedly was advised by doctors at Kalafong Hospital, in Pretoria, Atteridgeville, to switch off the ventilator of her newborn baby at just 25 days old. Baby Khumo Ramoshaba’s mother reached out to Kaya FM News after Khumo was born with breathing challenges due to complications during pregnancy and Kalafong Hospital advised her to switch off the ventilator.

“Since birth, baby Khumo has been breathing with ventilator support and the family asked Kaya FM to mediate between them and the hospital. Khumo’s mother was forced to sign a form that authorised the doctors to switch off the machines,” said family spokesperson Pearl Ramashala.

Following an engagement between Kaya FM News, and baby Khumo’s family seeking help on-air the hospital management allegedly pleaded with the family to avoid speaking to media as the issue could be resolved. Kaya FM spoke to Khumo’s mother, Thato, who said she has lost trust in the Kalafong hospital and wanted her son to be transferred to Steve Biko Academic hospital, which is also in Pretoria. The child was then moved to the Steve Biko hospital where he received further medical care. He can now breathe on his own and uses the support machine when needed.

Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town heard about the story. Arrangements were made between the family, Groote Schuur and Steve Biko hospital to fly baby Khumo and his mom to Cape Town to assess his condition. A ventilator machine was donated to the family by Groote Schuur. Speaking to Kaya FM from Cape Town the excited mother could not help but thank the Kaya team for all efforts to get Khumo’s story heard. Khumo is now 3-months-old and thriving. #ladi_jaja?

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