Another message from a past patient.

Dear Maitland Cottage.

I a m Mr Themba Dlepu ,I have been looking this beautiful for  Maitland Cottage hospital  32 years ago, I was a patient at Maitland Cottage hospital, being in and out from Red Cross Hospital to Groote Schuur Hospital for X-tray and some test  with a Polio on both my  knees.

It was 1986, of which I made it through a couple of months at this hospital that became my home. I am 49 years old today.i only got hold of your website today I was very excited  just to see This name

I am now a family man working at Pollsmoor Prison running educational programmes  i could not have  made thus far if it  was not  guys especial doctors of the Hospital. There are many parents with children that need Hospital like this to refer their children to, but I could not know where you are or thought this Hospital has been closed.

I want to say thank you, thank you to every staff member of this amazing place, for doing such great work for me and kids all over the country.

I would love to come visit there one day, because this place is very important to my life story.

I hope you will be able to read this message and pass it on. Let the light of life continue to shine and work through every staff member and child that is in this amazing place.

May the Almighty God bless you.

Thank You

Dlepu Themba

A message from a past patient.

Thank you Tashwill America #tashwillamerica for this beautiful tribute to Maitland Cottage Hospital

Dear Maitland Cottage.

21 years ago, I was a patient at Maitland Cottage hospital, being transferred from Red Cross Hospital with a severe knee injury.

It was 1997, of which I made it through a couple of months at this hospital that became my home. I am 29 years old today, and it took me this long to get hold of you guys.

I want to say thank you to every staff member of this amazing place, for doing such great work for the kids.

Though many aren’t there no more that took care of me when I was there at the age of 7 in the year 1997. Maitland Cottage will always and still do have a very special place in my life, because a very important part of my childhood I brought through that place where I made friends and family.

I salute all of you, though I don’t remember the staff. Or the staff that is there now. May God bless you and the kids that is there.

I would love to come visit there one day, because this place is a very important part of my life story.

I hope you will be able to read this message and pass it on. Let the light of life continue to shine and work through every staff member and child that is in this amazing place.

Thank You
Tashwill America

New wheelchairs from WIZO

We are so blessed to have received 4 funky new wheelchairs from WIZO at an official handover last Wednesday. Our sincere thanks to you all at WIZO, the work you do is absolutely wonderful, thank you for choosing our hospital as one of your recipients.

Wheelchairs of Hope project is an example of Israel’s contribution to the world and tikun Olam. Thank you so much Myra Kamowitz for organizing.

Farewell to long-serving Employees

 

It was a mix of emotions as we said farewell to 3 of our long serving people.

Sonia de Long has been with us for 19 years, as the front face of out hospital Sonia we will miss your beautiful smile, your generosity of spirit, your gentle nature and your willingness to do anything you were asked, always with such graciousness.

Nurse B, your infectious smile , compassion and loyalty to this hospital for 38 years, is incredibly special to us all. all the children that came through our hospital truly loved you for your gentleness and love you have always shown each child. This has been your home away from home for the past 38 years. It is a wrench for you and all your friends here

Aunty Bettie, 5 years with us, cooking and serving tasty and balanced meals for our children. Always cheerful and smiling, a real part of our children’s lives, giving them love care and attention. Making sure the children gave thanks for their food before eating. You will be missed by all.

Go well ladies and enjoy every moment of your well deserved retirement .

New Operating Table for MCH

New Operating Table for MCH

Our brand new Theatre Table was delivered to Maitland Cottage Hospital last Friday.It was a momentous event at the Hospital, and the excitement spilled from Theatre over into the rest of the Hospital The old Table had become, was unsuitable for elective procedures.

 This Operating Table will align Maitland Cottage Hospital with what is current and standard at Red Cross Children’s Hospital. It will not only be safe, but will also allow us to move on efficiently to deal with elective operations.

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Club Foot Clinic

Club Foot Clinic

Did you know that at Maitland Cottage we run the largest Club Foot Clinic in Cape Town?

Every Friday Dr Stewart Dix-Peek and his team of surgeons, Orthopaedic Registrars, UCT Physio students and Orthotists attend to approximately 30 babies and toddlers. The Ponseti Method is used to treat the little patients feet

The Ponseti method is the most widely used technique in North America and throughout the world  which uses gentle stretching and casting to gradually correct the deformity. It is a manipulative technique that corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery.

Our Beautiful Memory Benches

Our Beautiful Memory Benches

A TRIBUTE TO 3 INCREDIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE

JENNA LOWE | NATALIE COHEN A| CRAIG BROWN

We received these beautiful benches from Shirley Tobias, owner of Art for All. Shirley has raised funds for the hospital through her various art groups.The benches were painted by Shirley’s art groups.
We would like to convey our heartfelt thanks on behalf of everyone at the hospital for the exquisitely painted benches received in memory of Jenna Lowe, Craig Brown and Natalie Cohen, who so bravely fought their illnesses and will now always be remembered at Maitland Cottage Hospital. One cannot help but think of these 3 brave young people every time one looks at these benches.

The following is from Craig, Jenna and Natalie’s mom’s.

JENNA – In 2012 teenager, Jenna Lowe, was diagnosed with an extremely rare lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Even with this debilitating illness Jenna became an active campaigner to raise awareness for this degenerative, life-threatening condition. Bright, beautiful and eloquent, Jenna demonstrated exceptional leadership and courage throughout her three and half year battle with her illness and helped change the landscape of Pulmonary Hypertension in South Africa. She also made (and her legacy continues to make) a massive social impact on the dire state of organ donation in SA with her internationally acclaimed and award-winning ‪#‎Getmeto21‬ campaign that significantly increased organ donor registration.
Tragically Jenna passed away in June 2015; but her work continues.
Visit the Jenna Lowe Trust at to find out more about the incredible legacy she is leaving. www.jennalowe.org
or https://www.getmeto21.com/ to sign up as an organ donor.

NATALIE – https://www.facebook.com/nataliescircleoflove/?fref=ts
Natalie was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer that affected her spine. Her love of nature, art, reading and animals was a source of inspiration and joy throughout her difficult journey with Chordoma. She spent many months in hospital in America where she had surgery to remove 7 vertebrae from her thoracic spine and earned enormous respect for her determination to relearn to sit, stand, walk and eventually, even run! Whether she was in hospital or at home, Natalie’s space was always filled with Art & Design, some by her own creation and some gifted by Natalie’s Circle of Love – a global community inspired by her courage, grace and determination to live a creative life. Some of the happiest times were art making sessions with her friends and she especially loved visits from her much-loved art teacher, Shirley Tobias, who had a special connection with Natalie and mentored her creativity with so much love, gratitude and respect.

Towards the end of her life Natalie was drawn to dragonflies which in almost every part of the world, symbolise change and self realisation
Although a cure was not possible for Natalie, thanks to the incredible support of her Circle of Love, she experienced profound healing and a deep, enduring sense of connection that transcends her time on earth. Like the iridescent dragonfly, Natalie reflected the beauty she saw in the world and her humour, poise, personal power and creativity remain an inspiration to us all.
A photo of Natalie is attached

CRAIG – Craig was always very small in stature,but with an enormous zest for life which is why I chose the quote from Dr Seuss “A person’s a person no matter how small”, . ( He also acted in Seussical the Musical, as the baby kangaroo from “Horton Hears a Who ” , just before he was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 12). He died 8 months later, a time during which his positivity,courage and sense of humour really came to the fore.

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