Patient Stories

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Neurology

“My journey with epilepsy”

To mark National Epilepsy Week, 21-year-old student Eruc Claassen shares his experience of living with the often-misunderstood condition. “My epilepsy started early in 2015. I had my first seizure at

Nursing

Caring for the most vulnerable – celebrating World Prematurity Day

“Where does one begin on what makes your neonatal nurse special because they play a very important role in your family’s life? It is not easy to have your baby

Cape Town Cycle Tour

“My heart attack saved me”

When Byron Nichles lined up at the start of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, he didn’t expect his race to end in emergency evacuation – or that his entire life

Patient Stories

Leaving a living legacy

“Without the organ donor, there is no story, no hope and no transplant. But when there is an organ donor, life springs from death, sorrow turns to hope, and a

Patient Stories

“My stem cell transplant gave me a future”

Diagnosed with a rare blood disorder at just four years old, Zyaan Makda spent much of her childhood in hospital. Following a successful stem cell transplant, she now has her

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • 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 have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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Patient Stories

“When the surgeon saw the MRI of my back, he was surprised I could walk”

When Nadia Bosch went to the GP because her back was sore, she thought she would get painkillers. She certainly wasn’t expecting emergency spinal surgery.  One Saturday, at the end

Cancer

My battle with multiple myeloma

Janet Widelko was shocked when the strange foaming she’d noticed in her urine turned out to be a symptom of a rare form of cancer.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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Patient Stories

“If I bump myself, I could bleed to death”

With 17 April being World Haemophilia Day, we discover what it’s like to live with this inherited blood disorder, which prevents clotting and causes severe bleeding from the slightest injury.

Patient Stories

First-class delivery

A new mom shares how Mediclinic Cape Town and the Mediclinic Baby programme made her journey from pregnancy to birth a stress-free experience to treasure.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Preemie twins on the mend

Having spent the first 373 days of their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Mediclinic Panorama, the Malan twins are about to turn three.

Patient Stories

Sinus surgery that can change lives

Minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery can remove nasal polyps, straighten the septum, relieve chronic sinusitis and resolve breathing problems.

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