Archbishop Tutu and wife spend wedding anniversary at Tygerberg Children's Hospital

2018-07-03 07:42
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Brenton Geach, Gallo Images, file)

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Brenton Geach, Gallo Images, file)

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah Tutu, who have been married for 63 years, celebrated their anniversary at Tygerberg Children's Hospital.

The couple spent Monday at the children's medical facility.

According to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Tutus have been very active patrons of the hospital for the past 18 years.

They have also raised funds to contribute to the hospital's Retcam, which screens high-risk infants' eyes and prevents blindness, as well as equipment for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

READ: Tutu dismisses another fake 'death' story

During their visit, Leah received winter scarves.

As the Stellenbosch University's teaching hospital, the children's hospital is responsible for the provision of tertiary medical care to about half of the Western Cape's children who are in need - as well as some children from further afield.

Razaan Bailey of the foundation said the Tutus have always had much love for the children's hospital.

Bailey added that the Tutus regularly told foundation staff over the years that they found the commitment and compassion of the people at the hospital "extraordinary and exhilarating".

Tutu nearly died of tuberculosis when he was young, after overcoming polio in his infancy.

He was also unable to study medicine due to financial difficulties but fulfilled his dream by joining a class of senior medical students at hospital for some practical training a few years ago.

Leah studied nursing after completing a teaching qualification.

"To honour its founders' love and respect for the institution and those who make it work, the foundation had executed several festive season projects at the hospital, sprucing up facilities in the kangaroo ward, playroom and playground."

"It was a relationship the foundation would continue to treasure," she said.

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