Minister succumbs to liver complications

2009-12-16 14:51

FORMER health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang died at the Wits

University Donald Gordon Medical Centre and Medi-Clinic ICU shortly before 3pm

today.

Confirming her death, Tshabalala-Msimang’s physician Jeff Wing said

the former minister succumbed to gastro intestinal bleeding.

Wing said she suffered from internal bleeding related to her

damaged liver and was transferred to the intensive care unit two days ago when

her condition deteriorated.

According to him, Tshabalala-Msimang’s family, including the

husband Mendi Msimang, were all at her bedside when she died.

Tshabalala-Msimang was hospitalised a month ago after experiencing

complications with a liver she received on March 14 2007. Her body was

apparently rejecting the liver she received from a teenage suicide victim.

A panel of medical experts convened last week at the Donald Gordon

Medical Centre to discuss test results relating to possible second liver

transplant.

After the transplant she received from a teenage suicide victim,

controversy erupted when one Sunday publication reported that the cirrhosis

which necessitated her first liver transplant was alcohol induced.

The family could not be reached to further on the matter.

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