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Hospitals play catch-up after six-month backlog in elective surgeries

Covid-19 fears kept patients away from hospitals and put procedures on hold during lockdown

Senior reporter

Pretoria graphic designer Talita Hamers had a huge brain tumour removed during the height of SA’s Covid-19 pandemic because not going under the knife could have been a death sentence for her.

When many South Africans with debilitating conditions were avoiding hospitals, Hamers, a mother of two, was forced to cast aside any anxiety about the virus so that her surgical team could operate on her.

“I literally wanted that thing out of my head and that gave me the courage to walk down that passage alone. I let trust take over,” said Hamers...

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