- Staff members at the Groote Schuur Hospital celebrated with 48-year-old Zuliswa Maqana on Monday, July 20
- Nurses, doctors and other staff applauded as Maqana left the hospital after 77 days of being confined
- Maqana was admitted almost three months ago after contracting the coronavirus
Zuliswa Maqana was finally discharged on Monday, July 20, after spending 77 days in the Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) in Cape Town.
Maqana was first admitted to the Mitchells Plain District Hospital on May 4, after she contracted the coronavirus.
The 48-year-old mother suffered from severe pneumonia and was quickly transferred to GSH. Because of her condition, Maqana was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and placed on a ventilator.
According to Premier Alan Winde, she was intubated and ventilated in ICU for a whopping 51 days out of 54 days in the unit.
Winde posted a video of Maqana leaving the hospital on the day she was discharged. Staff members applauded and cheered as she walked out of the medical facility and Maqana even did a little dance.
Premier added in a post on Facebook that the moment was special for the healthcare workers at GSH because they celebrated with Maqana's children that their mother recovered.
The post added that she lost her husband in 2017 and lives with her son, 29, and 16-year-old daughter in Samora Machel.
The mum of two expressed her gratitude to the GSH staff, who helped her beat COVID-19.
“Thank you so much to Groote Schuur. Everybody was so nice to me and the doctors were wonderful. I am so happy with the treatment I got at Groote Schuur.
"I didn’t know what day it was [when I entered the hospital] and I couldn’t move for weeks. But they helped me learn to walk again after 77 days. And they were all so happy for me when I could go home."
Take a look at the video of Maqana leaving the hospital after nearly three months below:
The video gathered thousands of views on both Twitter and Facebook and South Africans were happy to see the healthy mama go home.
Hendrine Kriel commented:
"Wonderful story of hope and recovery due to diligent care!"
Jean Mary Gray said:
"The age of miracles is alive, and helped by dedicated medical staff."
Palesa Tayitayi Mafanya wrote:
"God is good all the time. Praises to Our God and thank you to our dedicated team. God bless you all."
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