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Kesigie Naidoo, Operations Manager: Cardiac Theatre is working hard to leave a lasting legacy

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 […]

7-month-old Amanda makes a remarkable recovery after coming to NMCH

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 […]

Dr Naidoo on paediatric cardiothoracic surgery and ECMO service at NMCH

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 […]

The story of Simphiwe Zitha and his life-changing heart surgery

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 […]

Prof. Hopewell Ntsinjana talks about innovation in the field of paediatric cardiology for Africa

Prof. Hopewell Ntsinjana’s appointment as Honorary Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Prof. Ntsinjana is the Head of Cardiology at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) and has his sights focused on growing a heart centre at NMCH to address the backlog of surgeries in our country. His vision for the heart centre marries the potential of Basic Scientists and clinicians to run cutting-edge research […]

NMCH congratulates Dr Ntsinjana on prestigious appointment.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) would like to congratulate Dr Hopewell Ntsinjana on his recent appointment as Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand. Dr Ntsinjana’s appointment is effective from 01 December 2018 in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health under the School of Clinical Medicine at the University. Dr Ntsinjana also currently serves as the Head of Cardiology at NMCH. CEO of NMCH, Dr Mandisa Maholwana, says, “This is a highly [...]