- Philasande Dladla and Mnotho Mndebele have mechanical hearts
- They were fitted to help their hearts pump blood normally
- They have formed a strong bond
Two boys in South Africa who are fitted with lifesaving mechanical hearts have formed a strong bond.
Philasande Dladla, 11, received two mechanical hearts last year to aid the flow of blood in his body and is waiting for a heart transplant.
Mnotho Mndebele, 5, made history recently when he became the youngest recipient of the device in Africa.
Dladla, who is from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, visited Mndebele in a Johannesburg hospital to offer him support. Their common condition brought them together and they hit it off.
Their respective mothers also told IOL News that they would keep in touch and offer each other support as their sons await heart transplants.
Mnotho has dilated cardiomyopathy, which means that part of his heart muscle is enlarged and weak. It therefore needs support to pump blood efficiently.
He is now out of hospital and recovering well at home. Finding a suitable organ for their transplants would take time.
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