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'People called me names' - Now I'm cured

By Boitumelo Tshehle | Mar 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 75 ]

A YOUNG woman who felt her life was doomed because she had extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) says she sees a good future now that she is cured.

Mmaphefo Mohlaoleng, 23, of Khuma location in Klerksdorp, North West, was diagnosed with XDR TB in July 2007. She found out she had been fully cured in January during her visit to Klerksdorp Hospital.

She said people had distanced themselves from her. "I lived for four years crying most of my time, it was painful, sometimes I felt like dying."

Mohlaoleng said people made her feel like a bad person. "People made me to look like a living zombie, they called me names, some said I had Aids, my friends deserted me, they said I would infect them, I felt lonely and unwanted," she said.

She was doing Grade 11 when she found out she had XDR TB. Everyone at her school, including the teachers, treated her badly.

"I remember one day nurses from a local clinic called Makhaza came to the school to check if I had not infected fellow learners and the teachers.

"It was bad, everyone vowed that if they were found to have TB they would kill me."

Mohlaoleng said she was writing her matric exams then.

"I was writing business economics at that time. I want to be a human resources manager one day, nothing can stop me now," she said.

Mohlaoleng was the third XDR TB patient to be cured at Klerksdorp Hospital's MDR/XDR TB Unit.

Health department spokesman Tebogo Lekgethwane said the unit had a growing number of cured XDR TB patients.

"So far we have 12 initial XDR TB patients who are converted successfully and are attending the outpatients' clinic," he said.

Since the opening of the unit in April last year, a total of 1,681 MDR TB patients and 72 XDR TB patients have been treated.

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Hey maar Sowetan journalists!!!!!! Khuma location is in Stilfontein and not Klerksdorp. nxa sies

Mar 20, 2012 9:6 | 0 replies
Mar 15, 2012 12:36 | 0 replies

As long as she is cured
mara batho ke di doctor mo ntle mo.

Mar 15, 2012 12:27 | 0 replies

Shame, I beleave you will make it to advance your career, good luck and live positively in life.

Mar 15, 2012 12:24 | 0 replies

hai la bua hle.

Mar 15, 2012 11:58 | 0 replies

Ausi, byanong ke eng eo mo dima hloogo?
I think ke yona ego lwadisang.

Mar 15, 2012 11:55 | 0 replies

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Mar 15, 2012 11:52 | 0 replies

Those breasts are sagging, she needs a wonder bra.

Mar 15, 2012 11:5 | 0 replies

Being a Zu!u is a cures – u will always wear that leopard vest ka di sandals tša Ricardo & a Nikey track suits with nothing inside....no t-shirt and that yellow supposed to be gold chain.

Mar 15, 2012 10:29 | 0 replies

AlbertEinstein
I went to a doctor but they just cnt heal,advise brother where can i get the right medicatuion.

Mar 15, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies

AlbertEinstein

you know nothing what happened, she was performing in front of me telling me what will happen as if the envolpe obvious is positive , sit there, telling what will happen in very arrogant mood, I was very traumatised the way she conducted herself, if I was guilty I was gonna run away

Im telling you bloggers going for HIV test isnt easy they way they tell us on the radios and campaigns never easy

but now its hostory thank God U are grt

Mar 15, 2012 10:21 | 0 replies