Dealing with hospitals is never pleasant, especially when it’s a public hospital in South Africa. They are overly full, the staff are overworked and there’s a backlog of work to get to. Factor in the need for a major operation and you’re in the middle of a nightmare. Fortunately, there are good people in the world such as Doctor Liana Roodt who is doing all she can to help – particularly for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
According to The South African, Dr Liana Roodt and her team have been performing free ‘catch up’ surgeries at Groote Schuur Hospital to help with the backlog of surgeries. This, in turn, helps reduce the long waiting period – up to eight weeks earlier! – many patients face when needing this type of major surgery.
Through the Pink Flamingo initiative, started in 2010 when a group of breast cancer survivors reached out to Dr Roodt, breast cancer patients are provided with pamper packs and funds are raised to finance the catch-up surgeries at Groote Schuur Hospital. The project has become so successful that it has expanded to Tygerberg Hospital too.
The Pink Flamingo need donations to keep this incredible initiative going as each catch-up surgery costs R3 000. To help, you can donate directly to the Pink Flamingo Project via the website.
Photography Pink Flamingos