Margate woman can stand again after op on crippling elephantiasis

2011-07-18 00:00

THE Margate woman who has elephantiasis can now walk, thanks to Netcare Hospitals, which sponsored Nana Ntombela’s treatment.

The illness had rendered Ntombela immobile for the last two years until the intervention by Netcare.

Hospital managing director Jacques du Plessis said Ntombela’s recovery is going remarkably well considering the severity of her illness, which caused her left leg to swell to over 1,5 metres in diameter, causing her to be bedridden in the last two years. She contracted the illness in 2005.

Her plight was brought to the attention of Sunninghill Hospital-based vascular surgeon and lymphedema expert, Dr Dirk le Roux, and Allison Dendy, a physiotherapist with whom he works very closely.

The two offered to help Ntombela free of charge while the Netcare group offered to cover all other costs involved in her treatment, which began immediately after she was moved to Johannesburg in May 3.

She had to undergo extensive physiotherapy and an operation at Sunninghill Hospital under the care of Dr le Roux, Dendy and a team from the hospital.

“We were amazed at how quickly her treatment progressed. She began to recover far quicker than we ever expected her to,” said hospital general manager Robert Jordaan.

Ntombela, who has been bedridden since 2009 and unable to walk, is now able to go from sitting position to standing position with crutches and can stand with assistance.

It is not clear yet when she will be coming home to Margate.

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