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Cardiac Ward Operations Manager, Pearl Kekana found her way into paediatric cardiology thanks to a personal calling versus a professional one. Nothing brings her more joy than to see a happy, healthy child. It all began when she was a student nurse working with premature babies. “It was there and then that I knew I wanted to be in paediatrics,” she says. While working in a private hospital, Kekana treated children before and after their
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Thulile Ndulini remembers her first visit to the gynaecologist for her prenatal check-up. After two miscarriages, this pregnancy had brought a lot of joy to her and her husband but that joy was short-lived. After some blood tests and scans, the gynae discovered some abnormalities with the baby. Baby Gift was born premature. He spent most of his early days in ICU incubated and was later diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. When he was seven-months-old, it
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As Operations Manager of the Cardiac Theatre, Kesigie Naidoo works hard to ensure things work like a well-oiled machine. The journey to her critical role at NMCH has been a combination of chance and destiny. It all began with a basic nursing career. In the earlier days, Naidoo wasn’t sure where it would lead her but she eventually found herself specialising in theatre nursing. “Through my short theatre tenure I fell in love with paediatric
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Baby Amanda was born healthy and lived a normal life until she was seven-months-old. She started having difficulty breathing which included sweating and her heart beating faster than normal. Baby Amanda was hospitalised for a month at Sebokeng Hospital where doctors discovered she had a hole in her heart. She was diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect. “After a month in hospital, I lost hope but she showed me what a fighter she was,” says
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Dr Krubin Naidoo is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and ECMO Specialist at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH). Dr Naidoo launched an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) facility at NMCH which is helping save lives in the paediatric facility’s Cardiac Centre. How did your journey in paediatric cardiothoracic surgery begin? I completed my cardiothoracic surgery training in Johannesburg. However, being partial to congenital heart surgery and there being slim opportunities in the country for training I decided
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Simphiwe Zitha was born with a hole in his heart diagnosed as a ventricular septal defect (VSD). This is his inspiring recovery story. At five months, Simphiwe Zitha contracted a persistent flu virus while visiting his grandmother, Sylvia, in Johannesburg. The young boy from a small village in Giyani, Limpopo was so ill that his grandmother decided to take him to Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Jabulani, Soweto, where he was given flu medication and
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