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Thando has had a long journey leading to her diagnosis of CKD. She tells the story of how she ended up at NMCH and her affinity for nurses in the unit Nkosinothando Noxolo Dladla, better known as Thando to her friends and family, is a fifteen-year-old joyful and warm-hearted young girl from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. During the festive season in 2014, Thando’s right leg began to swell and after a few days, both her legs
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Chronic Kidney Disease affects people of all ages. It is estimated that one in 10 people globally are affected by this condition. World Kidney Day is an international campaign celebrated annually on the second Thursday of March to raise awareness around kidney health. This year the global celebrations will fall on 14 March 2018. NMCH joins international health and nephrology societies, organisations and foundations in raising awareness of this cause as it celebrates one year
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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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