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It’s also about hope and nappies: being a physio in a Covid-19 ...


It’s also about hope and nappies: being a physio in a Covid-19 ward

One frontline physiotherapist tells how Covid-19 patients turn to her for more than her expertise

Senior reporter

Changing a nappy; brushing the hair of an elderly woman infected with Covid-19; giving hope to a patient who believed he was going to die; assisting nurses with bed baths: Durban physiotherapist Shamim Khan has gone beyond the call of duty to bring comfort to those afflicted with the virus. This is Khan’s personal account of her time with Covid-19 patients recovering in hospital.

I walked into the ward to treat an old lady admitted for Covid. She said: “Oh I’m so glad you came into the ward. Please, can you change my nappy.”

I looked around to see if the nurse had followed me into the ward but found I was alone...

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