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Aaron Lipschitz
Conditions

Aaron Lipschitz: The boy who can’t eat

When he was two-and-a-half years old, Aaron Lipschitz was diagnosed with an incredibly rare genetic mutation. One year later he has a chance at a new life. Like so many

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Wayde Van Niekerk: Preemie on the podium

Wayde van Niekerk is now a world record-holder, global sprint sensation and home-grown hero. But before all of that, he was a tiny baby, wrapped in cotton wool, who weighed

Baby Neave: youngest person in Africa to receive cochlear implant
Babies

Baby Neave: youngest in Africa to receive cochlear implant

Neave Barrett was born deaf. Today she is a talking, singing, bouncing, hearing toddler.

Cardiology

Charissa Worthmann: competitive gymnast despite arrhythmia diagnosis

Charissa Worthmann has become a competitive gymnast, despite living with arrhythmia – a congenital heart condition characterised by an irregular heart rate.

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Supporting children on dialysis

6-year-old Mpho* is on dialysis four times a week at the Morningside Children`s Kidney Treatment Centre at Mediclinic Morningside while he waits for a combined kidney and liver transplant. We find out more about Mpho, The Kidney Beanz Trust and how dialysis saves lives.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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gynaecology

‘I beat cervical cancer’

Women are constantly reminded to go for regular pap smears, but may feel uncomfortable going for their check-ups. Norma Kiego put hers off because the results always came back normal and she had only ever had one partner. Then one day she started bleeding heavily and fainted at work.

Patient Stories

‘We thought the back pain was only flu’

When 15-year-old Grey College learner Declan O’Connor experienced terrible back pain, he had no idea he was suffering from a serious kidney infection. His mother Lesley, who was four hours away, rushed to his side at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. They share their story.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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Children up to 12

‘Cutting out junk food improved my son’s ADHD’

Brandy Massam found that changing her son’s diet improved his school performance and behaviour almost immediately.

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Impossible made possible

South African ultra-endurance cyclist Grant Lottering has proven time and again that he can climb every mountain. Even after a near-fatal accident.

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‘My brain tumour made me bold’

When Debbie Hedenskog received the news that she had a brain tumour, she took a moment… and then decided to put her game face on. She applied her make-up and got on with it. This is her story.

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Living with childhood leukaemia

Kathy Singery, the mother of 14-year-old Daniel who was recently diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), shares the family’s coping strategies and reflects on the lessons they’ve learnt on their journey so far.

Healthy Life

Combatting depression after retirement

When he hit retirement age, Paul Britton was looking forward to many years of well-earned rest. Instead, he fell into a deep depression. Here he shares how it happened – and how he worked his way out of it.

Healthy Life

Why you shouldn’t skip antidepressants

You go away for a weekend and forget your medication at home. It happens. Depending on the meds you’re taking, the effects can be disastrous – or completely benign. A Mediclinic psychiatrist talks us through what could happen if you skip your antidepressants.

Patient Stories

Don’t fear the needle

Scared of needles? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. According to some estimates, one in every five people suffer from it – which can make donating blood or giving a blood sample a real nightmare…

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Celebrating the survivors

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) says one in four South Africans will be affected by cancer in their lifetime – either via someone they know contracting the disease or being diagnosed with it themselves. The CANSA Relay For Life events are held locally and internationally to celebrate and remember people whose lives have been affected by cancer. Survivors, in particular, are celebrated, honoured and treated as VIPs.

Patient Stories

Cutting-edge technology: meet the da Vinci robot

The da Vinci Si HD robotic system was introduced at Mediclinic Durbanville to help with complex surgeries such as prostatectomies, using a minimally invasive approach. Mediclinic currently has four urologists who are accredited to use the system.

Patient Stories

In praise of nurses

They say time is a healer, but hospital patients’ recovery is also dependent on the care of committed nurses. Clinical psychologist Ilse Pauw of Mediclinic Cape Town highlights the critical needs of recuperating patients and the various roles nurses play to fulfil them.

Patient Stories

Checking into hospital

Heading to hospital for surgery? Don’t stress: you’re in safe hands with the staff at Mediclinic. You can make their job easier, though, by following a few simple Do’s and Don’ts ahead of your op.

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