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Thulani was booked for surgery in the middle of 2009.

Due to careless handover between different registrar rotations, his appointment was not written down.

He was then offered surgery under local anaesthetic! Even the then-head of anaesthesiology Satish Bhaganjwee agreed that that would be barbaric (he’s since abandoned South Africa for Seattle, USA – exacerbating the endless months of queues for surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital).

The charity had no choice but to cancel the ill-advised serial excision operation for torture-survivor Seiso Ratswana and to give his place to Thulani instead.

Thulani needs lots more surgery and reasonably asks, if lack of anaesthetists prevents or delays surgery at Charlotte Maxeke (formerly Jo’burg General Hospital), then what were the reconstructive surgeons taking public sector salaries for all year? No operations, no pay, could be a good principle he thinks!

Thulani is an orphan teenager living alone in an RDP house and hoping against the odds to complete his secondary schooling one day.



Delivering groceries to Thulani just before Christmas 2008 with Sizwe, Tapera, Amukelani and Tristan

Thulani was looking after the cattle in Mpumalanga in July 2005 when an old man thought he could drive away bees by setting the veld on fire. Thulani could not escape.

He has since abandoned school because of the teasing and has not been able to wear shoes for the past 16 months.

Thulani came to Children of Fire with parasitic infections in November 2006. The legal paperwork needs to be sorted before we can arrange comprehensive surgery for this very-sad motherless boy.

He needs complex surgery for his feet, his neck, his scalp and his face. Thulani turned 15 on March 7th 2007. He has just had the second operation to help realign his contracted toes, damaged in a veld fire. We hope that his feet might recover in time to climb Kilimanjaro in June 2007.Thulani had surgery to one foot in mid January 2007 and surgery to the other foot in mid March 2007. He has a thermoplastic splint made by the occupational therapists, to help re-mould one foot into the correct position.Thulani's right foot was operated on at Johannesburg General Hospital in January 2007 and K-wires were placed inside the toes to straighten them.





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