One of the Western Cape’s coronavirus patients who was hospitalised the longest danced out of Groote Schuur Hospital this week – 77 days after she was admitted.
On 20 July, Zuliswa Maqana was finally discharged after spending 77 days in the Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) in Cape Town. Maqana was first admitted to the Mitchells Plain District Hospital on 4 May 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.
Hospital spokesperson Alaric Jacobs in a statement said no one would have expected 48-year-old mom Zuliswa Maqana to dance out of the hospital “but the jubilation was there for all to see” when she was discharged on Monday.
“I didn’t know what day it was [when I entered the hospital] and I couldn’t move for weeks. But they (hospital staff) helped me learn to walk again after 77 days. And they were all so happy for me when I could go home,” Maqana said.
“Everybody was so nice to me and the doctors were wonderful. I am so happy with the treatment I got at Groote Schuur.”
Maqana had severe Covid-19 pneumonia when she was admitted to Mitchells Plain District Hospital on 4 May. She was transferred to Groote Schuur Hospital a day later.
“She was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and was intubated and ventilated there for 51 days out her 54-day ICU stay,” Jacobs said.
Watch the video below;
On Monday (20 July), Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) celebrated with Zuliswa Maqana on her discharge from the hospital after being in hospital for 77 days. 🏥👏🏼 She was one of the longest hospitalised COVID-19 patients in the WC. Read her full story here: https://t.co/aANSCbdBjF pic.twitter.com/8YJN3GEIau
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) July 22, 2020