Grey’s: Angels of mercy step in

2010-08-25 00:00

VOLUNTEERS have not let children at Grey’s Hospital down after they were abandoned by nurses during the public servants’ strike, which saw services in some health facilities come almost to a complete standstill.

Liezel Janse van Rensburg and her friend Angela Schoeman spent four hours with children at Grey’s Hospital on Monday.

The two cared for children aged between three and 12 in the paediatric burn unit.

Van Rensburg said her heart was heavy after seeing how the children in the unit had to struggle to eat or do anything else because of the burns they have suffered.

“Seeing all these people sitting on the pavement demanding more money while there are helpless children in the hospital wards suffering with no one to care for them was the reason I decided to volunteer. My friend Angela was also touched by the plight of these children. They are ours, regardless of their colour or race,” said Van Rensburg.

The pair cleaned the children , fed them, read books and played with them.

Van Rensburg said she had to hold back tears when she saw an 11-year-old boy who was struck by lightning.

“He was helpless, couldn’t lift a finger and could barely talk. I asked myself what in God’s name have these children done to deserve such cruelty being left on their own?

The difficult part is to pretend as if everything is fine, despite their horrendous burns …”

Van Rensburg said she doesn’t regret spending time helping the children and she and her friend are going back on Friday.

Six volunteers from a local institution spent three hours cleaning the children’s linen. They collected it from the wards, sorted and fed it into washing machines.

The six said they had fun knowing that children will have clean linen.

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