A Hole in a Heart in a Belly

Asolami Mabusela

Thabiso Mabusela was seven months’ pregnant when her doctor spotted a hole in the heart of her unborn baby on a scan.

“I was very worried at the time. I was told my baby could be disabled but the doctors were amazing, both here in East London and in Cape Town” says Mabusela, as she holds Asolami, now four-and-a-half years old, after attending a follow-up cardiac clinic at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane.

Asolami had his heart repair procedure when he was one-year-old at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, where he stayed for three months and has been developing well since then.

Mabusela says they were requested to attend the latest clinic because doctors detected something previously which they wanted to follow up.

She marvels at the level of treatment her son receives. “The staff and doctors never have an attitude or anything like that. They are never cross.”

A Hole in a Heart in a Belly

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