‘We are doing this to make a difference in a life’, says hospital manager

2011-05-27 00:00

NANA Ntombela’s treatment was made possible by many people, including the staff of Netcare, police women on the South Coast and anonymous benefactors.

General manager of the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, Robert Jordaan, said that after her operation Ntombela is expected to recover well.

“She is doing well, but tired after a long surgery and will remain in intensive care for a few days, but her spirits are high. She will then be moved to a general ward and we will take it from there,” Jordaan said.

Extensive physiotherapy was performed on Ntombela’s leg to shrink it before vascular surgeons could operate on her.

The ultimate goal is for her to walk and Netcare are determined to see this happen.

So far about R500 000 has been spent, but Jordaan says it is not about the money.

“It is a community service and we are doing this to make a difference in a life — that is what it is about.”

In the meantime, there has been an outpouring of assistance from the community, according to Lieutenant-Colonel Muriel Novandla of the South African Police Women’s Network.

A businessman who had given up his job to take care of an ill partner himself, was so touched by Sandile Ntombela that he drove from Gauteng to the Ntombelas’ home to give them a new bed and other household items.

Novandla expressed her gratitude to members of the public who came forward with “assistance, words of comfort, prayers”.

People wanting to help are asked to phone Novandla 039 312 9878 or 082 332 9360.

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