KZN's first black female neurosurgeon

2017-11-22 06:02
Dr Nomusa Shezi works at the Inkosi­ Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.PHOTO: supplied

Dr Nomusa Shezi works at the Inkosi­ Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.PHOTO: supplied

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WHEN Nomusa Shezi was a pupil at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School she dreamt of becoming a doctor.

Last week she exceeded her wildest dream and made history when she became the first black female neurosurgeon in KZN.

Dr Shezi, who now works at the Inkosi­ Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban­, told Maritzburg Fever she graduated as a neurosurgeon from the University of KwaZulu-Natal three weeks ago.

She grew up in Prestbury and completed her studies at UKZN in Durban.

“This [being a neurosurgeon] is something I began to love when I was a doctor.

“I am happy I managed to finish and become the first black female neurosurgeon in KZN – which was not easy because I was studying and working at the same time.

“I am thankful to the people who supported me throughout my journey, I really appreciate it.”

She is also one of only five black female neurosurgeons in South Africa.

As a child she was not allowed to “visit­ friends” and reading was her “recreation”.

“I love reading and have a library at my home in Durban.

“Now that I have finished studying I will have time to sit in my garden and read or enjoy myself on the beach ... I am not someone who loves going out a lot.”

Dr Shezi hasn’t stopped dreaming - her new ambition is to one day open health facilities in rural areas.

She explained that people in rural areas don’t get the same level of health care as people­ in suburbs and locations.

“I have also started counselling young people and have formed a group called the ‘ladies group’, which helps to keep the young girls motivated.

“As a Christian I believe nothing is impossible and assure young people about that.

“Many young people give up too quickly, and some end up going in the wrong direction.”

This [being a neurosurgeon] is something I began to love when I was a doctor. I am happy I managed to finish and become the first black female neurosurgeon in KZN – which was not easy because I was studying and working at the same time.

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