Forget medical aids and the NHI bill, Dr Liana Roodt provides surgery for free

Forget medical aids and the NHI bill, Dr Liana Roodt provides surgery for free

It is no secret that medical procedures are very expensive, and the waiting periods for surgery can sometimes be several weeks.

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And, one doctor saw how this affected women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Eight -years-ago, Dr Liana Roodt worked as a surgical medical officer when she saw how the strain on theatre and staff resources stretched the waiting period for women who had to undergo a mastectomy.

So, to cut down on these women’s waiting periods, which sometimes reached three months, Dr Roodt decided to give surgeries free of charge.

The idea came to her while she and her friends were out one night, and her pals were so impressed by the idea that they raised funds to help Roodt make it a possibly.

This led to the birth of Project Flamingo at the Groote Schuur Hospital, which saw a drastic cut down on the waiting period for the women.

Forget medical aids and the NHI bill, Dr Liana Roodt provides surgery for free

Dr Liana Roodt provides surgery for free. Photo credit: News24

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Briefly.co.za learned in addition to the surgery, Project Flamingo also assisted women post-mastectomy by giving pamper packs and connecting patients with cancer survivors to help them cope.

Since the start of Project Flamingo a year ago, Dr Roodt helped 100 women free of charge. Beautiful News posted a video of Dr Roodt and her project on its Facebook page.

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