The art of doing “nothing”

I met Mr. Stevens* in March of this year. His left leg had just been amputated below the knee two weeks before his admission to Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital. He was 63-years-old man with a long list of medical co-morbidities – including diabetes mellitus II, hypertension, hypoparathyroidism, renal failure, ischaemic heart disease and most recently peripheral…

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Janlo’s miracle

As medical professionals, we are encouraged to be objective. We base our treatments and professional opinions on science, research and statistics. Sometimes, however, it becomes almost impossible to remain impartial. This was the case with my little patient, Janlo Rademeyer, who made a miraculous recovery after nearly drowning at home. Janlo is a vibrant three-year-old…

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