Ambassador for: Respiratory Conditions

Born prematurely at 34 weeks, Jaide had to stay in the Christchurch NICU for 3 long weeks before being allowed to go home.

Everything was normal until Jaide was 9 months old, when she became sick with Croup and Bronchiolitis. Unlike many other children, her respiratory problems did not get better over time and she was diagnosed with Chronic Asthma at the age of 2, which she now requires 2 different types of monthly infusions as well as 3 different type sof daily inhalers, nebulizers, steroids and singulair tablets for.

After constant lung infections, Jaide was then diagnosed with bronchiectasis and abnormal bronchial branching in her lungs, which needed more medication, oral and IV antibiotics, daily physiotherapy, nebulizer treatments and constant hospital admissions.

In June 2018, Jaide experienced constant thirst and frequent urination, slept non-step for almost 8 days and lost 6kg in 2 weeks. During that time, we had multiple visits to the GP and after-hours clinics. We rushed her to the hospital for help as her condition was worsening.

Unfortunately, Jaide was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes which now also requires (on top of everything else) frequent testing of blood sugars more than 6 times a day and at least 4 insulin injections daily.

Despite these health battles, she is a happy and thriving girl who refuses to let her illnesses stop her from doing anything she wants to do.


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