Death not in vain

2019-03-19 06:01
Dr Monty Brink.

Dr Monty Brink.

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The selfless gesture of the late Plumstead doctor, Monty Brink, will continue to live on after his family decided to nominate a charity organisation to benefit from the public support.

Brink collapsed and died during the Cape Town Cycle Tour at Smitswinkel Bay on Sunday 10 March morning.

The 60-year-old was gynaecologist and obstetrician at Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic at the time of his death.

He practised as a doctor there for 25 years. According to a family spokesperson and a long-time colleague, Andrea Vinnicombe, Brink’s death came as a shock as he was a “very healthy man.” “Details around the incident are still under investigation, we do not know what happened,” Vinnicombe says.

She describes him as a selfless person who loved giving back to community in different ways. It is for that reason that the family decided, instead of receiving flowers from friends and his patients to honour him, that public make a monetary donation towards a charity working with vulnerable new mothers, Zoe Project in Retreat.

Vinnicombe says he (Brink) dedicated his life to helping women deliver their babies and making sure they were in good health and giving back to this kind of charity would be something he would have wanted.

She says the family wants to carry his legacy forward and would not let the devastating situation stop them.

Vinnicombe says they are taking things one day at a time like any family would do. “We are devastated and can only imagine the family’s pain, they have lost a father and a husband, and he was a friend and a doctor to many.”

She says even at the clinic things are still tense, the staff is still coming to terms with his passing.

Brink is survived by his wife, Liz, whom he worked with at the clinic for years and their four sons.

Tracey Aitken, the founder and director of Zoe Project, says they were humbled that Liz chose them, even in the time of difficulty.

Aitken says donations had started pouring in, but they have not calculated the amount.

She says some decisions would be made after the funeral, which took place over the weekend.

“We will wait a few days after it to see how much we would have received,” says Aitken.

After adding up all the proceeds they will then decide how to spend the money within the organisation.

Aitken thanked the Brinks for the good gesture, saying the NPO cannot operate without money, and regardless of the circumstances, they are very grateful.

Tributes poured in on social media.

Patients praised Brink for the good service he offered with his wife.V For details about donating visit Dr Monty Brink INC on Facebook.

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