Elandré, Elize and Giani Hendriks. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Danville, Pretoria West learner Giovanni Hendriks (18) has suffered brain damage.
Giovanni (18), who was recovering from a paralysis in hospital when his heart stopped for an hour and 15 minutes last week.
The setback came as a surprise to the family because he was expected to be discharged from hospital the same week.
His father Giani told Rekord this week that the family received the test results from an electrocardiogram scan (ECG) which showed that the boy had severe brain damage.
“The scan revealed that Giovanni has had no brain reaction for the past 10 days,” he said on Wednesday.
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“However, he is showing a reaction when we talk to him.”
He said doctors informed them on Thursday morning that there was nothing they could do for him anymore.
“Which is why we are inviting as many people as possible to be at ICU tomorrow evening at 18:00 to pray with us,” Giani said.
Giovanni Hendriks. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
After the setback last Sunday, Giovanni was returned to ICU and placed back on the ventilator.
A brain scan showed his brain was swollen.
By Monday this week, the swelling had worsened.
It was discovered after doctors performed a computerised tomography (CT) scan on him.
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Following this discovery, Giovanni underwent an ECG scan which revealed the most recent information.
“We know God is in control and believe that Giovanni will pull through,” his father said.
“He will show everyone what He has planned for Giovanni’s life.”
On 25 February, Giovanni came home from school and told his mother that he was not feeling well.
His condition worsened a day later and he was admitted to Kalafong hospital.
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Giovanni was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) nine years ago when after about a month in hospital, doctors noticed that he had an infection in his nerve points.
“His hands and feet were completely pulled inside,” she explained.
His mother Elize said during then he told her that he would walk out of hospital the following day, “which is exactly what happened”.
Elize said since that diagnosis, he has always been afraid that it would return.
Elize, Elandré and Giani Hendriks. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
She said when Giovanni pulled through, she believed he would have a testimony to share.
“Since his second diagnosis and hospitalisation, God has performed so many miracles on his life,” she said.
“I think when he recovers from this, he will have something to share.”
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