Thembinkosi Makhathini (58), a truck driver residing in Mandeni and working for the Department of Health, and a known hypertensive and diabetic patient was admitted to KwaDukuza Private Hospital (KPH) on Sunday, 5 July and diagnosed with Covid-19.

“When I found out that I tested positive for Covid-19, I felt bad, especially, for my family and how they were going to handle this situation as I have 4 children, the youngest being 10-years-old. I was not sure how I contracted the virus”, shared Makhathini.

“Some symptoms I experienced whilst being sick were the flu, feeling cold, dizziness, lack of energy, loss of appetite and difficulty in breathing. I was in hospital for almost a month”, he added.  

Makhathini’s attending doctors, KPH specialist physicians: Dr Strinivasen Gounden and Dr Dhiren Sadhabiriss, were overwhelmed watching this patient overcome Covid-19 despite the challenges he faced.

“Mr Makhathini, being a diabetic and hypertensive patient who was ventilated for 3 weeks, showed great determination in overcoming his challenges and conquering Covid-19. Much of his enduring support and determination came from his family which gave him the support to survive”, shared Dr Gounden.

“Dr Gounden and Dr Sadhabiriss know what they are doing. They are believers in God, and they make you feel like there is hope. They know their patients very well and always do a follow up to see how they are doing”, shared Makhathini. 

“Patients who have the Coronavirus must not be scared to test early when they have flu-like symptoms so that they can get help early. It is unbelievable that I survived Covid-19 because of my age and my underlying conditions.  Thank you, Dr Gounden, Dr Sadhabiriss and the staff at KPH. May God bless all of you at KwaDukuza Private Hospital”, Makhathini added.

“Mr Makhathini’s story is heart-warming and uplifting. It is great for KwaDukuza Private Hospital and its staff to receive such positive affirmation from a patient with multiple comorbidities, who survived the worst that COVID could throw at him. Mr Makhathini’s recovery from severe COVID-19 is a tribute to the excellent care and the high level of commitment displayed by the entire multidisciplinary team of KPH who looked after him”, said KPH Hospital Manager, Dr Douglas Ross.

Mr Makhathini was a first-time patient at KPH and said that his experience was that of a warm welcome, full of love and good care. He was discharged on Tuesday, 28 July.

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