Hayden Horner
4 minute read
8 Aug 2020
5:01 am

Dr Porai Moshesh: From rural Transkei to the peak of paediatric profession

Hayden Horner

Her last stretch towards achieving her dream involved being trained on donor funds and getting a small salary at a private hospital for two years, while still paying black tax.

Dr Porai Nthabeleng Head of Paediatrics at the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital in Parktown poses for a picture at the hospital, 6 August 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

‘The day you stop being sorrowful and hurting after a child’s death, you should leave because you don’t belong in paediatrics.” These words by Dr Porai Moshesh, head of the paediatrics intensive care unit (ICU) at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, are indicative of the passion that she brings into the medical facility – and it’s a passion that began in her formative years. Born and raised in rural Transkei, in a place called Esithangameni, she says her grandmother, Thandi, thought her calling was to be a doctor even before she realised it because Moshesh loved taking care of others, especially...