Nurse recognised for detecting rare condition in foetus

2016-11-23 06:01
Sister Primrose Goge, Thandazile and Smangaliso Ntethe with KZN MEC for Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo at Shakaskraal Clinic where the sister was given a nod for detecting that something was amiss with the unborn baby's heart resulting in a groundbreaking operation on the foetus Photo: supplied

Sister Primrose Goge, Thandazile and Smangaliso Ntethe with KZN MEC for Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo at Shakaskraal Clinic where the sister was given a nod for detecting that something was amiss with the unborn baby's heart resulting in a groundbreaking operation on the foetus Photo: supplied

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WONDER baby, Smangaliso Ntethe can be considered a miracle since he was born after a rare and groundbreaking operation was performed on him while he was still nestled in his mother’s womb.

KZN MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo visited the Shakakraal Clinic last Friday to give recognition to Sister Primrose Goge whose thorough examination of Smangaliso’s mother led to the groundbreaking operation.

“If it was not for her meticulous examination, the groundbreaking operation performed at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital by Dr Ismail Bhorat, the head of the Foetal Surgical Unit, could not have been performed,” Dhlomo said.

Speaking about the day she examined Smangaliso’s mother, Goge said after conducting routine antenatal care on the mother, who was 28 weeks (seven months) pregnant at the time, 18 August, she checked for the foetus’ heartbeat.

She said though she could detect the foetal heartbeat she noticed that there was something irregular, she said her suspicions led her to use a Doppler and thereafter she was certain something was amiss. She wrote down everything she had picked up during the examination on the patient’s card.

“I then decided to send her to Groutville because they have an ultrasound machine, but on that day there was a power failure in the area. She then went to KwaDukuza and the nurses there were concerned that something was wrong, there was a problem with the foetal heart and then the mother was referred to the Stanger Hospital,” Goge said.

Smangaliso’s mother Thandazile Ntethe, who is from Nkobongo, said because of the power outage in Groutville she had to catch a taxi to KwaDukuza, Stanger Hospital, for an ultrasound scan and from there she was referred to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

At Luthuli Central, the procedure in which a needle and a tube are used to remove fluid from the sac around the heart was performed on Smangaliso while his mother was 29 weeks into her pregnancy. Smangaliso was born on 2 November.

His mother said she is happy that her child was born alive and healthy. “All this diligence and hard work has produced desirable results. It has assisted this nurse to detect a very rare ailment that is seen only in one out of 30 000 cases,” Dhlomo said.

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