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Silvano Freitas was involved in a cycling accident that left him in the ICU for 9 months fighting off infections, organ damage and more, he is finally home and recovering.


Johannesburg, South Africa (27 July 2023) – The story of Silvano Freitas and his road to recovery is one of those post-Covid realities that many families are facing today. Thankfully, with support from those around him, Silvano has made it home.

Silvano Freitas was involved in an accident. He was flung from his bicycle and severely injured. During the pandemic, the family had to make tough choices and the medical aid was one of the first expenses cut during that time. Even as things picked up a little post-Covid, the Freitas family, like many in South Africa, had to make choices and medical aid wasn’t on the top of the list.

This meant that when Silvano had his accident, it was straight to Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. He spent over 9 months there and during his time in ICU, fought many battles beyond his accident injuries.

His wife Amanda was distraught. She was managing things at home while worrying as Silvano fought off infections, painful complications and many other painful ailments commonly picked up during extended hospital stays.

“He has endured so many complications and set backs during his time in hospital which include multiple bouts of sepsis, urinary tract infections, a toxic mega colon which resulted in his large intestine being removed, pneumonia, type 1 respiratory failure, acute kidney damage, dehydration, pressure sores and has now been diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis which is a bone infection.”

When Silvano was finally released from ICU, Amanda needed to find a way to get him the follow-up care he would need to regain strength, mobility and more. This is where an incredible soul stepped in to help. Ann-Magret Fleischer McKerrell from Sunninghill Recovery Lodge offered to provide Silvano with 10 days of rehabilitation.

Amanda had shared that moving him would be a huge improvement saying being “out of the ICU environment and away from the droning noise of the machines and alarms and no longer exposed to more infections which are inevitable in that environment” would aid in his recovery. And it did!

“He has always been the most devoted husband and father who ALWAYS put his family first and never himself. He has been through so much trauma through this accident and he so deserves a break.”

Through a BackaBuddy fund, Amanda was able to raise nearly R200,000 towards his ongoing medical expenses and ensure he could spend the time he needed at the rehabilitation facility. Through the generosity of others, the family was able to see great improvement in Silvano’s health.

Silvano is finally home with Amanda and while they do not have much to cover his continued rehabilitation, being home has made all the difference and he is slowly but surely recovering.

“He is walking quite steadily and pushing himself everyday to get stronger. He is so determined to get better and I have to sometimes remind him that he spent 9 months in ICU and that he can’t expect to do everything he used to do so quickly.”

The family is still running their BackaBuddy so if you do want to support, you can do so here.

Sources: Supplied
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