Last week, a team of incredible medical professionals performed Limpopo's first open heart surgery and they are confident it is the first of many.
The province's Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, travelled to the Mankweng Hospital on Friday to congratulate the team on their groundbreaking work.
Briefly.co.za learned the team consisted of Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Professor Marule Lucas Mohlala, Dr Masinge, Dr Mahlogo and a skilled nursing team, including sisters Ngoasheng and Mojapelo.
According to a Facebook post by the Limpopo department of health, the team had to stop a man's heart for an hour and 45 minutes so that they could remove a huge tumour.
After they successfully removed the tumour, the team started the man's heart again and the surgery was a huge success - not only in the man surviving, but the fact that it paves the way to more surgeries of the kind in the province.
"We were given 100 reasons that it cannot be done, Mankweng is a rural hospital and so on and so forth but with God's grace, the patient is fully awake and talking as of today," said Dr Muila.
Good Things Guy reported the 42-year-old patient is recovering well in the ICU and she is already able to eat and talk. It is believed she would be discharged soon.
Angelique Coetzee, who works for the South African Medical Association’s (SAMA), said: “This is terrific news and the team under the leadership of the Acting Head of Clinical Care Services at the hospital, Dr Seshoka Muila, should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. SAMA would like to congratulate the hospital and the province on this successful surgery.”
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