- Staff members at the Groote Schuur Hospital celebrated with 48-year-old Zuliswa Maqana on Monday, 20 July
- Nurses, doctors and other staff applauded as Maqana left the hospital after 77 days being confined
- Maqana was admitted almost three months ago after contracting the coronavirus
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On 20 July, Zuliswa Maqana was finally discharged after spending 77 days in the Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) in Cape Town. Maqana was first admitted to the Mitchells Plain District Hospital on 4 May after she contracted the coronavirus.
The 48-year-old mother suffered from severe pneumonia and was quickly transferred to GSH. Because of her condition, Maqana was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and placed on a ventilator.
According to Premier Alan Winde, she was intubated and ventilated in ICU for a whopping 51 days out of 54 days in the unit.
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Winde posted a video of Maqana leaving the hospital on the day she was discharged. Staff members applauded and cheered as she walked out of the medical facility and Maqana even did a little dance.
The premier added in a post on Facebook that the moment was special for the healthcare workers at GSH because they celebrated with Maqana's children that their mother recovered.
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The post added she lost her husband in 2017 and lives with her son, 29, and 16-year-old daughter in Samora Machel.
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The mom of two expressed her gratitude to the GSH staff, who helped her beat Covid-19.
“Thank you so much to Groote Schuur. Everybody was so nice to me and the doctors were wonderful. I am so happy with the treatment I got at Groote Schuur.
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"I didn’t know what day it was [when I entered the hospital] and I couldn’t move for weeks. But they helped me learn to walk again after 77 days. And they were all so happy for me when I could go home."
Take a look at the video of Maqana leaving the hospital after nearly three months below:
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The video gathered thousands of views on both Twitter and Facebook and South Africans were happy to see the healthy mama going home.
Hendrine Kriel commented:
"Wonderful story of hope and recovery due to diligent care!"
Jean Mary Gray said:
"The age of miracles is alive, and helped by dedicated medical staff."
Palesa Tayitayi Mafanya wrote:
"God is good all the time. Praises to Our God and thank you to our dedicated team. God bless you all."
Meanwhile, it was previously reported a doctor with the Twitter handle @the_drterry has opened up about how he survived the novel coronavirus.
The Covid-19 survivor said that his symptoms were so severe as he appreciated all those who stood by him in his time of need.
The doctor said Covid-19 is very real, asking people to keep following relevant measures in keeping themselves safe.
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