A teacher-mother’s dilemma as strike hits far too close to home

2010-08-20 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG mother who is a teacher is worried that strike thuggery will deprive her severely epileptic son of his medication.

The clinic which stocks her son’s life-sustaining drugs did not have them yesterday as they had not been delivered from Northdale Hospital.

“He has to take his medication three times every day. Now he is only left with today’s medication,” she said yesterday.

“If he runs out of medication he may die. This is a matter of life and death for my son,” said the mother.

She asked that she and her son remain anonymous for fear of intimidation since she is a teacher at a public pre-primary school in Eastwood.

She said her son, who has been declared permanently disabled, has been admitted to intensive care 10 times since he was 18 years old.

“Tomorrow I will personally go to Northdale Hospital to demand my son’s medication, because my son has to live,” she said.

As a teacher, she said, she is fully behind the strike. “But when it comes to my son’s life, it becomes too personal. If they are putting my son’s life in danger I will not take it. I’m not putting anyone’s child in danger.

“My anger is not directed at the strikers, but at the government which spends billions of rand on unnecessary things,” she said.

Health spokesperson Desmond Mothe advised her to collect the medication from Northdale Hospital early in the morning, before strikers arrive to blockade the gates.

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