KZN oncology crisis claims boy’s life


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.