A Port Elizabeth teenager got to switch her hospital gown for a beautiful dress thanks to the caring doctors and nurses at Livingstone Hospital.
After hearing that Larisca Radue (19) would not be able to attend her matric farewell, staff at the hospital decided to bring the event to her.
Craig Radue, Larisca’s father, told News24:
“Even though Larisca looked forward to her matric farewell with her fellow school mates, she will never forget having her very own matric farewell. What hospital does this for a patient?”
Larisca was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 2010 and is waiting to receive a lung transplant. Although she had a beautiful dress ready for her matric farewell at Daniel Pienaar High School in Uitenhage, she was still unable to attend because she was too weak to be discharged.
Instead, staff members at the hospital recreated a matric farewell just for her. All expenses, including her hair, makeup, food and entertainment, were donated by the public and the hospital and she was escorted to the event at the hospital by Mr PE, Chad Durrheim. Durrheim wrote on his Facebook Page:
“I am so proud of Larisca Radue. She has been suffering with cystic fibrosis for years and is waiting for a lung transplant.
“SHE IS AN INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG WOMAN AND I HOPE THERE MAY BE MANY MORE SPECIAL MOMENTS TO COME”.
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On her Facebook profile, Larisca expresses her positive attitude in her bio: “I may have cystic fibrosis, but I’ve never let that get me down. I always have a smile on my face.”