Together we are better: Cape Town doctor is saving lives by offering free cancer surgery

Together we are better: Cape Town doctor is saving lives by offering free cancer surgery

- Liana Roodt sought to reduce the waiting time for mastectomy

- She therefore launched Project Flamingo at Groote Schuur Hospital

- Through it, she offers to operate on breast cancer patients for free

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A Cape Town doctor is saving countless lives through her initiative that offers free breast cancer surgery.

Liana Roodt was concerned that the waiting times for patients to get mastectomy were inordinately long, something that adds to their stress.

In an interview with Beautiful News, she said patients can wait for up to 12 weeks.

Liana Roodt offers free breast cancer surgery. Source: Beautiful News

Liana Roodt offers free breast cancer surgery. Source: Beautiful News

Doctor Liana therefore discussed with her friends and colleagues. She subsequently founded Project Flamingo at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2010.

Through the project, she and her team of volunteers offer free breast cancer surgery once a week.

They also provide newly diagnosed patients with pamper packs that contain toiletries, snacks, magazines, educational material and a mastectomy pillow.

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The project further links up cancer survivors with new patients for mentorship purposes and to reduce loneliness during the treatment process.

In 2017, over 100 patients benefitted from free mastectomies thanks to Dr Liana and the volunteer surgeons, doctors and nurses she works with. She said:

I hope that by watching my story, people can be inspired to take a moment to care a little bit deeper about someone else.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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