Johannesburg - Baby Stevie needs electricity to live. After he was born, he stayed in ICU for three months because of breathing difficulties. The 13-month-old from Newlands was diagnosed with chronic asthma and epilepsy and every two weeks he visits a nearby hospital.
At home, Stevie uses a breathing monitor while he sleeps which is checked every hour by his parents.
But now the baby’s life is in danger. The area where he lives has been severely affected by electrical faults and power outages. The blackouts have hit as often as every two days lately, and now grandmother Chantel Nel fears the worst.
“These power outages are so dangerous because we need electricity for most of his medication and equipment.