- Medical innovator, Dr Carol Ann Thomas, has passed away
- She died after complications following a lung transplant
- Many public figures have since paid tribute to Thomas
Dr Carol Ann Thomas, a proponent of women's health, has died from complications resulting from a double lung transplant.
Dr Thomas was a gynecological specialist and fêted medical innovator.
She passed away on 12 April.
Tributes have poured in for Thomas both in public and on social media. She has been praised as a women's health activist and for being a major contributor to contraceptive care policy in the 1990s.
Additionally, Thomas is remembered for her stand against the HIV denialism of the Mbeki administration.
Thomas was the recipient of an extensive list of degrees, among her other accomplishments. Additionally, she was a medical innovator who embraced the use of new technologies in treatment.
However, several of those who knew Thomas have also said she will be remembered for her her kindness and sense of humour. In her tribute to Thomas, Helen Moffet, for example, said that Thomas often made her patients feel at ease by cracking jokes, according to Daily Maverick.
Others have also celebrated Thomas's achievement in pursuing a successful medical career despite facing obstacles to that dream posed by apartheid. For example, Thomas was initially blocked from enrolling at UCT's medical school due to apartheid policies, Briefly.co.za learned.
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