Patient Stories

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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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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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Cardiology

Heart health overhaul

For Mediclinic patient Amos Mautla (63) suffering not one but two heart attacks has led to some positive lifestyle changes – not just for him but also for his family.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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 hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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.

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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…

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.

Magazine

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Patient Stories

What is the Cios Alpha?

Mediclinic Milnerton recently acquired the Cios Alpha, a versatile imaging alternative which can be used during open surgery as part of a hybrid vascular procedure. It’s the first of its kind in South Africa… but what exactly does it do?

Cardiology

Organ donation: the gift of life

An organ transplant is a major, life-saving procedure – but although there are 4 300 South Africans on the waiting list, a lack of donors means that these procedures are relatively rare. Here’s what an organ donation means to the recipient, in the words of heart transplant recipient and World Transplant Games athlete Stanley Henkeman.

Healthy Life

‘A full blood count showed why I was constantly tired’

Capetonian Mandy Lawson, 30, couldn’t figure out why she was always fatigued – until a simple blood test revealed the reason.

Neurology

‘I want to bounce back’

By living mindfully, Deirdre Visser-Barnard aims to find joy again.

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