When Maria discovered she had leukemia, she and her mother, Alice*, left Zambia and came to Cape Town where she could be treated at Groote Schuur Hospital. She is currently in remission and, on Monday, will be undergoing a stem cell transplant. She’ll stay at GSH for five weeks. Maria is 24, has a degree in economics from the University of Lusaka, and certainly isn’t ready to give up on any of her hopes and plans for a successful future.
They visited us at the Service Dining Rooms this week and made a generous cash donation. Just as we recognise the incredible work of some of South Africa’s doctors, nurses and scientists, we will also keep you in our thoughts, Maria. We wish you strength and a speedy recovery, and hope that your smile never fades.
* Surnames deliberately omitted.