A place where hope is restored, prayers are answered and lives are saved. My medical elective at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa exceeded all expectation and was more than I could have hoped for. I was privileged to spend two months at the unit, which did not seem enough. Not only did I witness the work in the operating theatre but also behind the scenes, walking side by side with mothers and children through the
journey of hope and restoration.
The centre brought a whole new outlook on a patient-centred
approach, and holistic care, catering for the child’s needs and also to the families by providing shelter and also emotional support. Each individual who came through the doors became an integral part of the WSPCCA family. Each child that had ever walked through the doors was known by name, this took me by surprise given that the centre opened in 2004. I was integrated into the family as if I was a prodigal daughter. Never have I seen such dedicated individuals who believe so much in what they do, a place where the boundaries of dreams are re-defined – limitless! With each day, I was
challenged to work harder and inspired to DREAM BIG! The commitment of the surgical team of the WSPPCA was phenomenal and has affirmed my aspiration to become a paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. Words are not enough to explain my experience nor can I express my gratitude adequately. My only dream now is to one day return. Thank you very much for the experience.