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Patient Stories

Fight back: Living with colon cancer

Xolani Gwala’s colon cancer diagnosis left him facing some serious questions: Why now? Why me? And can I beat this? It was a beautiful spring day. Perfect Johannesburg weather. I

Children up to 12

Good dog: Meet Honey – the diabetes dog trained to save her master’s life

Duncan and Honey could be any other boy and his dog, playing on the beach. But she also accompanies him to school, sleepovers, even the movies “Oh wow, it’s a

Conditions

What happened next: melanoma

In 2005, Melissa Taylor was told she had melanoma – and that it was so advanced, there was next to no hope of survival. This is the remarkable story of

Conditions

This is me: Leleti Khumalo

Going without make-up is a bold move for any actress. But for Leleti Khumalo, who has vitiligo, it is life-affirming. “I realise they react that way because they don’t understand

Conditions

What happened next: skin cancer

A married mom of two shares how being diagnosed with advanced skin cancer during both her pregnancies taught her to view challenges as opportunities to grow When An Bakkes talks

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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Magazine

What happened next: brain tumour

Paul Revington is a fit and active professional sports coach. When he began experiencing unexplained headaches, he chalked them up to work stress. He was wrong It was December 2016

Magazine

What happened next: infertility

Becoming pregnant should be a joyful time for any couple. But after 18 months of trying with no success, Kyle and Philippa Nipper were confused and frustrated – until a

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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Children up to 12

Extraordinary: Parenting a child with autism

“Having your child diagnosed with Autism isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of a somewhat different and special chapter.” When Claudette De Witt gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte, she

Children up to 12

A different life: Living with cystic fibrosis

When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease, Nicole Capper first wanted to hide away from the world. Then she decided to fight back.  TATUM WAS BORN AT A

Babies

It begins: a successful emergency C-Section

Long-distance trail runners Landie and Christiaan Greyling first met at an Adventure Race. Now, as the proud parents of little Christopher, they’re embarking on a whole new kind of challenge. 

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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.

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.

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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