I stared death in the face

By Drum Digital
22 November 2013

A shadow of her former self, actress Thuli Simelane tells DRUM how heart disease has changed her life - and how grateful she is to be alive.

HER fans knew her for her bubbly, upbeat nature in a popular SABC1 drama series, but they would hardly recognise her now.

Thuli Simelane (36), fondly known as Tjovoo by fans of the drama series Zone 14, is a shadow of her former self and has dropped from a size 48 to 38 since she was diagnosed with a heart condition.

We’re visiting her at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Gauteng, three weeks after she was admitted to the intensive care unit with a heart condition called pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart).

“When I was diagnosed with a heart condition I thought I was going to die,” she says.

Read more in DRUM - 28 November 2013

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