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Infected nurse's burial gets go-ahead

By unknown | Oct 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola and Ntwaagae Seleka

Getrude Makhafola and Ntwaagae Seleka

The Mthembu family is relieved they can now continue with preparations for their daughter's funeral.

Gladys Mthembu, 34, from Bekkersdal, Westonaria, was also a nursing sister at Morningside Clinic.

She died last week after she contracted the deadly viral haemorrhage fever (VHF) from Cecilia van Deventer, a patient who had been brought in from Zambia for treatment.

Mthembu's family could not make funeral arrangements as her bedroom was closed and cordoned off by health officials.

On Friday the bedroom was decontaminated by officials from the department of health.

When Sowetan visited the family, Mthembu's 12-year-old son was playing with his friends in the street.

A few days ago, before he was taken to hospital for thorough checkups, his peers were afraid of coming close to him.

Neighbours, who feared coming into contact with the Mthembus, were given the go-ahead to enter the house.

Her aunt Evelyn Mokgosi, 46, said they were relieved that the house had been declared safe and would continue with funeral arrangements. She said Mthembu was the sole breadwinner who looked after the family.

"We relied on her and do not know where to look now that she is gone," said Mokgosi. "We have lost a pillar of strength."

Mthembu lived with her two children and her father Joseph Mthembu. Her mother died years ago.

Mokgosi said Mthembu had promised to take her 17-year-old niece and another relative to their matric dance function before she died.


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