South African Doctor Undergoes Life-saving Brain Surgery at Sheba
Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, African Friends of Sheba Medical Center brought Dr. Thesi Reddy successfully to Israel for a complicated procedure that saved his life.
Before departing South Africa, Dr. Reddy consulted with a neurosurgeon at Sheba who said he could help with treating the tumor. Hadar handled all the necessary paperwork, working overtime to submit it and be granted permission for her, Dr. Reddy and his son, Neim, to travel urgently to Israel. At that point, the borders of Israel were closed to foreigners due to COVID-19. The moment permission was given, the three of them flew out of Johannesburg, from an empty airport.
“Our plane was the only one on the tarmac,” Hadar said. “We landed in Israel at midnight and were at the hospital by 1am.”
In Dr. Reddy’s words, “[I] marvel at the first-class medical staff at Sheba Medical Center, which is truly a wonderful facility with caring people,” he said. “As someone who has been deeply involved with the medical community in South Africa, my goal is to help our country forge better ties with Sheba.”
Although Reddy was fully aware that the complex brain surgery presented high risks, he said that with Dr. Zibly, he knew he “was in good hands.”
“We help everyone and anyone, that is what we do,” asserted Hadar. “This is a prime example of how Sheba extends an outreached hand to the world to treat people from all walks of life.”