Friday was the deadline for the Department of Health to hand over an action plan to resolve the province’s oncology crisis, but any intervention will come too late for a nine-year-old boy who died while waiting for radiotherapy treatment.
Qalokusha Msweli died at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital from a cancerous tumour in his brainstem on Thursday morning. His mother, Thandi Khoza, said he was wheezing and coughing on Wednesday night. She was by his side as he let out a final cough, then took his last breath.
“I was shocked. I could see the machine (heart monitor) drop down to zero but I didn’t expect him to die, just like that” she said.
Qalokusha was admitted at the beginning of June, after a CT scan and MRI confirmed he had a brain stem glioma.
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