- In honour of Mandela Day, the Department of Health vowed to carry out 250 life-changing operations at no cost to the patients
- The target was based on a calculation of 10 surgeries per year of democracy, but medical staff exceeded expectations and completed a staggering 498 free operations instead
- Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town completed more than 40 of these surgeries, including laser treatment on a child burnt by a fire and cataract surgery for a grateful gogo
Mandela Day seems to have brought out the best in the people of Mzansi once again.
On 18 July, ordinary South Africans went out of their way to help those in need and the Department of Health decided to follow suit.
In honour of Mandela Day, the Department pledged to carry out 250 life-changing operations at no cost to the patients.
The ambitious target was based on doing 10 surgeries for every year of democracy in South Africa.
However, all role players involved greatly exceeded expectations and smashed the target by eventually completing a staggering 498 free operations instead.
Groote Schuur Hospital contributed to more than 40 of those free procedures and proudly shared the achievement via the Heroes of Groote Schuur Facebook page.
One of the beneficiaries of the life-changing operations included 10-year-old patient Ivan Badja
Ivan fell victim to a horrific fire and received CO2 laser treatment as more than 60% of his body had been burnt.
Briefly.co.za understands that the youngster is now looking forward to going back to school as a result of the procedure.
A 62-year-old gogo, Albertina Mathambo, had virtually gone blind as a result of cataracts, but has regained her sight thanks to the free surgery.
The Facebook post concluded with a beautiful message: “To all the doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, admin staff involved - as well as the Western Cape Health MEC and hospital management - we salute you.”
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