Patient Stories

Welcome to our Patient Stories page.

Many of our amazing HPCA member hospices have supplied us with moving stories from their teams. We hope that you enjoy this insight into the people who make palliative care such a special and powerful sector. Each of the participating hospices have their own page with the profiles from their team.

Enjoy reading through them!

Patient Stories

Lambano Sanctuary

Born at 36 weeks’ gestation, with chronic medical challenges, Baby NM was admitted to Lambano Sanctuary for palliative care, awaiting further palliative surgery. At times, Baby NM appeared…

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Tygerberg Hospice

Growing up surrounded by gang violence and having lost his dad at the tender age of 5, Marshall’s life followed a similar trajectory. In 2020, after sustaining severe injuries to his spinal cord due to…

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Howick Hospice

An initial diagnosis of TB saw “Ms. N” referred to Howick Hospice incredibly undernourished. As she began to respond to the care, showing an amazing weight gain, it was discovered that…

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Knysna Hospice

The mother of three children, Nonthobeka – with assistance from Knysna Sedgefield Hospice not only had her pain managed but received practical support in the form of food parcels pending…

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HospiceWits

Neuro-myelitis rendered “Portia” emaciated, bedridden and very weak with hands that were constantly shaking. Working closely with HospiceWits and after gaining an understanding of…

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White River Hospice

Having bravely lived with cancer for 10 years and believing it would continue to be so for many years, Ken and his family were devastated by the diagnosis that it had reached his brain and the…

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Helderberg Hospice

After a life beset with tragedies, including being rendered disabled and unable to work, Stewart’s heart function eventually deteriorated to that of a terminal prognosis. Helderberg Hospice not…

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