Gino De Oliveira and Joseph Khomani became unlikely friends after meeting years ago when Gino’s sister was in a hospital, both men have warmed our hearts.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Gino De Oliveira got in contact with us to share the story about Joseph Khomani and the way he went above and beyond to support Gino’s sister a few years ago.
While his kindness started years ago, Joseph has stuck by the family over the years and become an essential part of their lives. It was 2006, Gino’s sister was hospitalised with internalised Tuberculosis (TB). The diagnosis required an invasive surgery which meant that his sister spent a great deal of time in the hospital.
It was during this time that the family met Joseph who was a hospital porter back then. He spent every day with Gino’s sister, taking her to all the places she needed to be within the hospital.
“Joseph and I first crossed paths in 2006 when my sister was admitted into the Milpark hospital at the age of 12 with an internalised TB that lead to an intense operation and weeks of High Care Attention. Joseph was not only my sister’s porter but he became her friend and every day he would arrive early to make time to pop in and check in on her and every night before leaving he would do the same.”
“Joseph took my sister from doctor to doctor and never failed to put a smile on her face and love in her heart, despite how sick she was. He cared for her and kept her company until all hours of the night and day for close to two months”
Joseph worked his way up from hospital porter, and today, Joseph is a switchboard operator at Milpark hospital. Even though Gino’s sister has long since been released from the hospital, Joseph has kept in contact with the family.
“Up until today this incredible individual still makes a point in contacting our family every week without fail just to check up on us and if another family member or I end up in the hospital he is immediately there by our bedside.
He has never wanted anything in return, all his ever wished for is health, friendship and love.”
Josephs mother passed on from cancer, and his father was recently diagnosed with cancer as well. He works hard to give his children everything he can; he has a son who he is trying to put through AFDA or any other media schools, he has already completed a higher certificate and is actively seeking an internship to further his career.
“I am hoping we can assist in getting this man the recognition he rightfully deserves, he is one in a million and deserves all the credit he may get.
If you cross his path don’t hesitate to say hi, cause if you do, I promise you a friend for life.”
We are not sure who the real do-gooder is here, Joseph for being a kindhearted soul or Gino for trying to help his friend out. Either way, both men have warmed our hearts.