The Western Cape Department of Health recently performed nearly 500 operations for free in Cape Town to celebrate the life of Mandela.


Cape Town, South Africa – Heroes of Groote Schuur is a Facebook page dedicated to highlighting the amazing people who work or visit the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

Recently they celebrated the Department of Health for their commitment to honouring the late Nelson Mandela. The Department of Health planned to honour Mandela by performing 250 free surgeries for people in need.

“In honour of Mandela Day, the DOH set itself the ambitious target of doing 250 life-changing, free surgeries. That’s 10 surgeries for each year of South Africa’s 25-year democracy.

But because all role players enthusiastically went above and beyond all expectations, an amazing 498 operations were conducted, free of charge. That’s almost 500 patients whose lives were forever changed in the name of dignity and quality of life.

Groote Schuur Hospital proudly carried out over 40 of these surgeries.”

Several people who received life-changing surgeries spoke out about how grateful they are.

10-year-old Ivan Badja was treated for burns which were on 60% of his body; he was burned by a horrific fire. The Department approved CO2 laser treatment. He says he can’t wait to go back to school and play soccer with his friends.

Albertina Mathambo, a 62-year-old woman, was approved for cataract surgery, which she says has really changed her life. She’d virtually gone blind and is now seeing beautifully and radiating joy.

“To all the doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, admin staff involved – as well as the Western Cape Health MEC and hospital management – we salute you” – Heroes of Groote Schuur

Sources: Heroes of Groote Schuur
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