Patient Stories

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Emergency

Clockwork – The Craig Scott story

When Craig Scott collapsed during a mountain bike race in November 2018, he was miles from the nearest hospital. Minutes from a heart attack. At the mercy of a miracle. 

Babies (up to 1 year)

Together – Brandon Grant

Today, Brandon Grant is 18 months old – a happy, smiling, bouncing little boy. But for his first nine months, he lived in intensive care, fighting for his life. Brandon

Cancer

Free – A Breast Cancer Survivor Story

Anneke Landman was fit, healthy and young – shocked by her sudden cancer diagnosis. Here’s how she beat the disease. For Anneke Landman, breast cancer began as a nagging thought

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Iron Lady

A pain in the jaw. A tooth abscess. A rare, cancerous tumour. Kelly Hepburn is alive today after groundbreaking surgery – but her journey to the brink of death, and

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout 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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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
  • 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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • 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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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

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

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

Babies (up to 1 year)

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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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.

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