• “I see no beginning, middle or end to you. Only boundless strength in your endless arms, the moon and sun in your eyes, your own brilliance scorching the universe.” 

    - Bhagavad Gita 
  • “Give up the drop and become the ocean.” 

    - Rumi 
  • ” How wonderful that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 

    - Anne Frank 
  • “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” 

    - Elizabeth Edwards 
  • “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny in comparison to what lies within us.” 

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

    - Victor Frankl 
  • “You can curse the darkness or you could be the one who lights a candle.” 

    - Anonymous 
  • “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” 

    - T.S Elliot 
  • “Cancer could be cruel and send me into misery, but instead it has been kind and has woven rather than unstitching. If it doesn’t let me feel joy without sadness, at least I am so much less likely to feel sadness without joy.” 

    - Jennifer Berger 
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Project Flamingo takes a stand for dignity


Colorectal surgery catch-up lists 13 March 2015 : A letter from Dr Claire Warden

Dear Project Flamingo Team

Re: Flamingo surgical list

I would like to express our thanks for the extra operating list we were given on 13th March 2015.

We were able to make an impact on our waiting list by operating on four patients. We managed to close two stomas on patients who otherwise would have had to wait an extraordinary amount of time for theatre. The usual waiting time is around 9 months with the added burden of often being cancelled on a list to make space for an urgent cancer operation. These patients will be incredibly grateful to no longer have to wear stoma bags and no doubt Groote Schuur Hospital will be relieved to no longer have to bear the cost of supplying stoma bags to these patients.


Our last patient on the list was a palliative patient that required a stoma to improve his quality of life. This surgery although not curative is done to provide a patient with quality of life and help preserve dignity.

Thank you for the gift bags which the surgical team feel very humbled by. It is us who are most thankful to you for providing a platform for us to do our jobs well.

Kind regards

Claire Warden

On behalf of the Colorectal Surgical Team, GSH

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