Elsa will help others after tragic death of her son


For the four short months that Elsa Nyobole’s baby boy was alive she slept on the floor under his bed.

And as little Luhle battled leukaemia, Nyobole learnt exactly what it meant to be a hospital mom – an experience that makes her uniquely qualified for her new job as the oncology unit’s ward manager.

Nyobole officially started her new job last month but as space is so cramped at Dora Nginza’s paediatric oncology unit she will only start working full time when the unit is moved to M-block at Provincial Hospital in March.

“Luhle and I never really left the hospital,” she said of her baby boy who was born on June 1 last year.

“He was so ill from birth. I slept on the floor under his bed. In the end, a bacterial infection took him. He was my only baby and my beautiful baby boy. He will be forever in my heart.”

Nyobole said that after Luhle’s death she was desperately trying to make sense of the tragedy.

-Estelle Ellis

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