Wednesday, July 20, 2016

7-year-old son gets new heart

Natasha Mabuto

20 July 2016

Nerves were on edge as a 7-year-old boy in Cape Town waited in a hospital theatre for a donor heart to arrive on Monday.

After a plane delay and an ambulance rush, Phalo Gayiya received his Mandela Day gift of a new heart and a solid chance at life.

His parents were overcome with emotion when they heard the operation at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Hospital had been a success.

Gayiya was put on the waiting list for a heart after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy which is an enlarged heart in March.


His doctors were not entirely sure what caused it.

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