WE would like to thank the nurses and medical team in both the ICU and Cedar ward at St George's Hospital for helping our daughter, Poovesh, during her recent illness.
We would also like to thank the many friends and relatives, locally, across the country and abroad from all religious persuasions, for their prayers and messages of support during what was a very traumatic experience.
It is through all of you that our daughter is out of the woods and on the mend, although it will be some time before she is completely healed.
If anything, her experience should be a lesson to all who are taking medication, even if it is prescribed by a specialist, as in our daughter's case. Question your doctor or pharmacist about possible side-effects of the medication.
A good health care practitioner should be able to answer all your queries satisfactorily and appreciate patients who take responsibility for their own treatment.
Enquire about when you can expect to see an improvement, and confirm if and when you should return for a follow-up, but do not simply persist with a "take this and come back in a week" course of action.
If he is unable to solve the problem insist on a referral for a second opinion.
You may not be as fortunate as our daughter. If her husband had not ignored the doctor's "wait and see" approach to her grave illness and had her admitted to hospital, we could be relating a different story.
Two of our acquaintances made the mistake and paid the ultimate price.
Mogan and Pearl Segadavan, Port Elizabeth