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Gynaecology

Miracle Mom: Tansey Coetzee’s battle with endometriosis

Tansey Sodeinde is a seasoned model, dancer and beauty pageant titleholder The former Miss South Africa has also placed in the top-five at Miss World and within the Top-15 at Miss Universe.

Cancer

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 (1 to 12 years)

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

Cancer

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

Dermatology

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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Cancer

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

Cancer

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
Healthy Life

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

Children (1 to 12 years)

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 (1 to 12 years)

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

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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 (up to 1 year)

Baby Neave: youngest in Africa to receive cochlear implant

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

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Patient Stories

‘The right psychiatric medication gave me a life worth living’

Married father of three Julian Turner always struggled with depression. As life’s pressures got the better of him, he resorted to extreme measures to deal with the pain. Then, after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder – and receiving treatment – his attitude to the world changed.

Magazine

Wonder woman Magda Wierzycka’s battle with rheumatoid arthritis

Magda Wierzycka has overcome many obstacles, including a serious medical condition, to reach the top.

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.

Cape Epic

The odd couple at the Absa Cape Epic

The 2018 Absa Cape Epic will feature some of the world’s top adventure MTB racers. But one team stands out for the good they’re aiming to achieve: flying the flag for cycling as a way to uplift disadvantaged South Africans.

Patient Stories

A true hero: The fight against cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a rare disease, and the patients and families who live with it are a tight-knit global group of people who have been tested to the limit – emotionally, financially, and spiritually. But it is in challenging circumstances like these that heroes are forged. Kayla and her mom Kerry are sterling examples.

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