- An amazing local doctor is being thanked by a patient who says he saved her leg from amputation
- Phempelah Ngongo thanked Dr Yako from Isilimela Hospital who noticed an abnormality in her leg just from a photograph
- Dr Yako managed to successfully perform surgery on Phempelah and she cannot be more grateful
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Phempelah Ngongo shared an amazing story about Dr Yako from Isilimela Hospital in Port St John's. According to Phempelah, Dr Yako saved her life. In 2018, Phempelah was involved in a motor vehicle accident and was rushed to the nearest hospital.
At the hospital, the doctor who tended to her said she had suffered a soft tissue injury and she was sent home. After a week, Phempelah says her condition deteriorated to a point where she could no longer leave her bed.
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She sent images of her leg to her mother, who just so happened to be a colleague of Dr Yako's. Phempelah's mother showed the image of her daughter's leg to Dr Yako who insisted Phempelah be taken to theatre as soon as possible due to abnormalities in her thigh area.
Phempelah said Dr Yako offered to perform surgery on her leg. She wrote in her post on the #ImStaying group:
"The following day I left home for Isilimela Hospital. The surgery was a success, he removed a lot of damaged tissue and around 5 litres of fluid was drained from my thigh... Had this been been detected later, it would have resulted in the amputation of my left leg.
"Today I walk with no assistance of any form and I owe all this to this amazing doctor. With people like you indeed there's still hope for our country. I can never thank you enough and may you continue doing good for others. We need more people like you. Let's normalise making people trend for their good deeds."
The post received almost 8 000 reactions on the #ImStaying group and the comment section is rife with positivity.
Ruth Moodley said:
"Awesome. Great doctor with so much wisdom."
Buzz Goeman wrote:
"What a lovely "happy ending" story. Well done to the doctor. We need more people like him."
John Peter Nelson commented:
"Thank you doctor, this means a lot, keep on with your good work."
Nzwakie Nobula added:
"Wonderful work Doc."
In similar news, two Durban woman giving free palliative care to kids. Doctor Julia Ambler and Tracey Brand (a social worker) have been dubbed angels on earth by parents who have turned to them for palliative care for their ailing children.
The two women have helped hundreds of children in pain over the past seven years through their NGO, Umduduzi. They have offered free palliative care to children diagnosed with terminal illnesses. Dr Julia Ambler said there was a misconception about the help Umduduzi offers to children:
”We are not the death squad that steps in to assist children in the last stages of life. We offer palliative care to children diagnosed with deadly diseases because this is so important from the early stages of diagnosis."
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