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Northern Cape teen born without breastbone makes SA medical history

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Dimpho lived a normal life without any pain before discovering
she had no sternum. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED)
Dimpho lived a normal life without any pain before discovering she had no sternum. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED)

The doctors couldn’t believe their eyes. The girl had arrived at the hospital looking like an ordinary teenager – but the X-rays of her chest revealed something they’d not seen before. 

Dimpho Dithebe was missing one of the most vital bones in the human body.

Where her breastbone – or sternum – should have been was just an empty space.

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