Good samaritans bring advice and donations relief for Mooi River sufferer

2011-07-06 00:00

HELP has flooded in for cancer patient Thandi Hlongwane (28) who has received help since her plight was reported by The Witness last week.

The Mooi River woman has had breast cancer since 2007 and has open wounds after both breasts ruptured.

Pietermaritzburg Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) staffers and two good samaritans visited Hlongwane yesterday to speak to her about her illness and to donate food, blankets and other essentials.

Huddled next to a fire, Hlongwane spoke to Refiloe Magagula and Tasmia Dayaram, project facilitators for Cansa, about her four-year ordeal.

Magagula was shocked to hear that Hlongwane was not operated on after she was first diagnosed in 2007.

“The first line of defence against breast cancer is to operate, then administer chemotherapy or radiation. I don’t understand why they would let it progress to this stage,” said Magagula.

Magagula and Dayaram vowed to bring Hlongwane a wheelchair as she is too weak to walk around, and said they would try to organise a grant for three months and provide her with nutritional supplements.

She is also receiving palliative care from the Estcourt Hospice.

Nurses are visiting her twice a week to clean and dress her ruptured breasts and to administer morphine for her pain.

Hlongwane said her cancer is at stage four. Dayaram said it would do her no good to be admitted to a hospital.

“She is better off here surrounded by people who love and care for her.”

During the visit Hlongwane was surrounded by her primary care-giver, brother Stanley Hlongwane, her sister, Laurete Hlongwane, and sister-in-law Gcini Zuma. Though Hlongwane said she was in pain, especially because of the cold weather, she was in good spirits.

Pietermaritzburg residents Saeed Abdullah and Farouk Varachia donated groceries and blankets. Verachia said he was amazed at Hlongwane’s spirit. “She is sick, but she puts on such a beautiful smile.” said Verachia. The two men had called The Witness to find out how they could be of assistance.

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