n South African Medical Journal - Epitomising hope : from poverty to world-classhealer : izindaba




Her shy, humble demeanour belies the passion and tenacity it took just to keep studying, sitting by the light of a small paraffin lamp late into many nights in her tiny Eastern Cape shack - all so she could achieve the matric marks she knew would one day help her become a doctor. Her Goko (grandmother) chided her for using too much precious paraffin in the small township near Peddie in which she grew up. Today, her Goko would burst with pride to hear that Dr Neliswa Gogela (36) is the country's first recipient of a R2.1 million grant to study liver transplantation at one of the world's top clinical research hospitals.


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