Opinion: ‘These doctors are my heroes’

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DEAR Editor,-

I recently took ill and after blood tests confirmed something was wrong, my local GP, Dr Charles Thompson managed to convince Dr Danie Otto to adopt my case.

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I was admitted to the Netcare Margate Hospital and went from CT scan to theatre for an emergency laparoscopy that same night.

Although the appendix was removed, after further blood tests, it was determined that this was not the source of the problem.

Dr Otto then made a promise to find the source of the problem which took him a further five days.

Over the past 30-odd years I have gone to doctors to have this problem identified without success, which resulted in a chronic condition, causing major damage without my knowledge.

These were the first doctors who went the extra mile to find out that it was not a ‘mental problem’ – but an actual physical problem that caused lots of pain at times.

Thank you doctors. At least I know someone was there for me when I tried to mentally block the pain and could have resulted in a very bad outcome, but can now be treated! You are indeed my heroes.

LIZ SOER

Palm Beach

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