Cape Town - It was only with the help of staff at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital that Jed Kagan’s severe pain from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a rare disease, ended, and the 10-year-old was able to live a normal life again.
More than a year since his recovery, as a project to say thank you to the dynamic team at the hospital, he is part of efforts to raise R36 500 to provide 365 patients at the hospital with their own teddy bears.
In Jed’s honour, his mother Shana has created a non-profit organisation called Jedi Tedi, which focuses particularly on raising funds for the hospital on an ongoing basis. Funds are generated by selling unique, handmade toys, Jedi Tedis.
After doctors initially struggled to diagnose Jed’s condition, a family friend referred the family to a paediatric specialist with years of experience in treating children suffering from rare illnesses.
Shana said: “(The doctor) noticed in his assessment that Jed’s one leg was cooler than the other; it was slightly swollen and also discoloured.