A dance of empowerment – lessons for the NHI?
It’s the annual tea party for tracheostomised children at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Mowbray, Cape Town, and there’s additional entertainment: a magician, face-painting, singing by Bishops Junior Boys School choir and delicious food. Each of the scores of ‘trache’ children and their families have different, stark stories of courage, endurance and triumph over adversity, but all share something unique: they are outpatients. They’ve been empowered to live as close to normal lives as possible in the most nurturing and healing environment possible – home.
Chris Bateman, HMPG
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Date published: 2012-01-26
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