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‘A suspected episode of lead poisoning left me temporarily paralysed’

After losing the use of her legs, a battery of tests, and chelation therapy that made her hair fall out, Lienkie Diedericks was finally declared free from lead poisoning. But what caused her condition? The answer, like the diagnosis, was not a simple one.  

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‘I fell pregnant on my first round of IVF treatment’

Two Namibian women who had been trying to conceive for over five years sought help from Mediclinic Windhoek’s new IVF clinic. Both fell pregnant on the same day in June 2017 during their first round of IVF treatment, which also happened to be the clinic’s first round of treatments. They share their stories with us.

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Beating leukaemia twice

Simone Van Kraayenburg had her whole life planned out at 20, and was well into her gap year in England when she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). After her first stem cell transplant in 2010, she relapsed and then had to enter the uncharted waters of having a second unrelated stem cell transplant.

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A loving sister, a kidney transplant and a second chance

Jennifer Swanepoel, a mom to two young adults, had a packed work and social schedule when she was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease in July 2015 and soon required a kidney transplant. Her sister was her only hope.

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Focusing on life’s blessings when living with lupus

When Dr Marlene Morkel was 32, she had everything. An intelligent and beautiful sportswear model with a strong nurturing side, she was halfway through specialising in paediatrics when she started experiencing strange symptoms.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • 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 uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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How rehabilitation turned a young man’s life around

Dan Lombard was a healthy, fun-loving 18-year-old in his Matric year at Pretoria Boys’ High School. It all changed when he broke his neck during rugby practice.

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More than skin deep

Tanya Swiegers-Loots is a fine artist who works in a realistic style – which serves her very well in her amazingly lifelike 3D restorations of nipples and areolas. She was inspired to start her business from her own intimate experience with breast cancer.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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.

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‘The Mediclinic event team is the reason I’m still alive’

As Sean Hanekom approached the end of Stage 3 of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic, he felt a sharp pain on his arm. It was a bee sting, which for most riders would have been no more than a minor irritation. For Sean, however, it was something far more serious.

Orthopaedics

Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

When an old wrist injury came back to haunt physiotherapist Elané de Beer eight years after the fact, she was unable to perform the hands-on, strenuous physical therapy her job entailed. Dr Adriaan Smit, Orthopod at Mediclinic Durbanville, prescribed arthroscopic ligament repair.

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‘Sudden vertigo left me desperate for help’

When Ami Kapilevich woke up dizzy one morning, he didn’t think much of it. But when the dizziness persisted, it made him fear the worst. It turned out to be benign positional paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV). He shares his story with us.

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Focusing on the positive

Denise Goussard was in remission after breast cancer treatment, but was later diagnosed with leukaemia. Despite the many challenges, she remains brave and positive. Here she shares her story.

Conditions

A journey with endometriosis

In 2014 Valencia Kippie, a 41-year-old mother from Cape Town, finally got the answer to a question she’d been asking doctors for more than 12 years: What’s wrong with me?

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‘I’ve climbed the highest mountains’

When Ray Funnell (51) told his wife in 2006 that he had leukaemia, she thought he was joking. He wasn’t, but a sense of humour and a stem cell donation saw him through the worst. This is his story.

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Cochlear implants for children: A father’s story

Dr Anthony Allwood, an anaesthesiologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, shares the experience of having two of his daughters undergo a cochlear implant – and the difference it’s made in their lives.

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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