+27(0)21 852 4608 | Helderberg Hospice, 21 Old Stellenbosch Road, Somerset West

+27(0)21 852 4608 | Helderberg Hospice, 21 Old Stellenbosch Road, Somerset West

To have and to hold

By Christel Stevens | February 10, 2018

2011 is the year for weddings; for brides to walk down the aisle and become princesses. But we all know that every bride is a princess on her wedding day. Maybe the dress is hired and has no designer label, maybe the neighbour did her hair and a friend took the photographs, but every woman…

Wonderful wheels

By Christel Stevens | February 10, 2018

Sleek, streamlined, sporty, Ferrari red. Wheels to take you places. The latest sports model in Car magazine? No, it’s a Shoprider Snappy electric wheelchair, but to Malcolm Lightbody of Somerset West it’s as desirable as any top of the range racing car. Malcolm has Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which affects the brain and spinal cord.…

Putting the pieces together

By Christel Stevens | February 10, 2018

Thandi, as I’ll call her, is in her early 20’s and recently had undergone an amputation at the knee as a result of osteosarcoma. She was admitted to us from Tygerberg Hospital, one of the large State hospitals in Cape Town, so that she could recuperate from the operation. Unlike the other patients who were…

A family's love in the final days

By Christel Stevens | February 10, 2018

How does it feel when your worst suspicions are confirmed? When the sickness that has been gnawing away at you is suddenly running wildfire through your body? When the specialist says there is nothing more they can do? For Heinz the decision was easy. He would return to his native Switzerland and ask for an…

A miraculous recovery

By Christel Stevens | February 10, 2018

It’s a deadly combination: South Africa’s scourge – TB – and the pandemic HIV/Aids. Where there is one, there is frequently the other; both interlinked in a complex dance of disease and deprivation. Like lethal shadows, the one stalks the other, masking symptoms, complicating treatment, spiraling the mortality statistics ever upwards. Jack was destined to…