After spending the past three years in and out of Dora Nginza Hospital with a heart defect, Bahle Ketwa, 6, wanted nothing more than to be a doctor for a day.
A cardiologist in fact – like her hero Dr Lungile Pepeta.
Yesterday with the help of Reach for a Dream, Bahle got to spend some time “examining” the heart of one of her doctors, Dr Andile Nxele.
Heather Mazomba from Reach for a Dream said when she met little Bahle earlier in the week she had two dreams.
“She wanted a baby doll with hair and she wanted to be a cardiologist for a day. Bahle just adores her doctor, Dr Pepeta and she wanted to do his work,” Mazomba said.
Pepeta could not make the appointment with his patient, but Nxele, one of Bahle’s other doctors, turned out to be a star patient.
The little girl smiled as she attentively listened to his heart with her new plastic stethoscope.
“I am afraid of needles,” Nxele joked with his new doctor, but she just stoically nodded, listening intently.
Bahle was very excited to do an echocardiogram on Nxele, and listened with great interest as the doctor explained to her how to do it.
To the great amusement of the doctors, Bahle took her stethoscope out of her ears, and hung it around her neck.
“It was the first thing she did when we gave her the stethoscope,” Mazomba laughed.