Renal failure sufferer told she is ‘healthy’

2015-05-14 06:00
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Ntombikayise Mncwane is not eligible for disability grant, so says a doctor.

PHOTO: file Ntombikayise Mncwane is not eligible for disability grant, so says a doctor.

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LIFE is on hold for a 47-year-old Ezinketheni woman who was diagnosed with renal failure 10 years ago.

Last month she was told by a doctor she is no longer eligible to receive a disability grant from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

Ntombikayise Mncwabe alleges that her kidney­ was mistakenly cut during an operation while giving birth at Edendale Hospital.

She was advised by doctors to apply for a disability grant as she has to function with one kidney only for the rest of her life and will be unable to work.

Her application for a disability grant was approved in 2009 and she has been renewing it annually­, until this year.

However, when she went to renew her grant at the Sassa offices in Northdale last month, a doctor, who did a routine check on her, allegedly said she was no longer eligible to receive the grant as she is “healthy”.

“I do not know why a doctor would say I am healthy as my condition is not getting better. I used to be a domestic worker, now I cannot even do house chores. I experience shortness of breath and my body swells.

“Despite supplying Grey’s Hospital with my medical history and the fact that I am not getting better, they turned down my application. I have lost all hope because I have all the correct documentation, but the doctor says I am fit to work. My bladder is uncontrollable and I cannot walk a long distance.”

Mncwabe said although she is on chronic medication, she is not getting better. At the time of going to print the Sassa could not be reached for comment

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