Heart: Woman walks part of the way for op

2008-11-14 00:00

Cape Town — A Cape woman had to walk part of the way to the hospital to receive a heart transplant recently.

Last Tuesday evening, Aphiwe Mbamba (20) of Zwelihle near Hermanus was told that a new heart was waiting for her.

But she had to find her way to the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town.

She got a lift, caught a taxi — and then walked from the taxi rank. “I wasn’t tired. I was happy … to get a heart.”

She was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease) about two months ago and told that only a transplant would save her life.

Her journey to the hospital took 24 hours, and meant that her transplant was delayed.

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