At inception, it was Dr. Kinsley’s intention that the WSPCCA’s reach would expand beyond the hospital in Sunninghill. As a first step, this has now been realised with the establishment of a pilot project at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town.
Chris Tilney, the hospital manager at the Netcare Christiaan
Barnard Hospital says that the opening of a satellite unit of the WSPCCA in the Cape represents an incredible opportunity to extend the work that the centre currently carries out in
According to Lynda Bleazard, the community that the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital provides services to is very diverse, from fully funded medical aid patients to the less privileged.
“With our values firmly set in helping underprivileged children with access to corrective
cardiothoracic surgery, the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital was a natural choice for us to expand the reach of the foundation. Netcare is also a primary sponsor of the project and gives
discounts on our hospital bills as well as covering some of our administrative costs.”
Since December, two children – Sino Vuyo Sibidla (7), Zingce Nogogo (7 months) and Omelela
Tshukuza (7 months) have already been operated on at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial
Hospital. All three children are coincidentally from East London in the Eastern Cape.
Dr. Susan Vosloo, cardiothoracic surgeon at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, says that all three children are recovering well from their surgery.
“We’re delighted to be involved in such a worthy cause,” Vosloo adds. “There is so much potential to do a lot of good throughout the Cape through this project.”