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Desmond and Leah Tutu spend 63rd anniversary with children's hospital heroes

By: stagedoorscribbler - July 23, 2018

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah celebrated their wedding anniversary earlier this month by spending time with the ‘heroes’ who run Cape town’s Tygerberg Children’s Hospital.

The couple  who have been married for 63 years, have been active patrons of the hospital since the turn of the  millennium.

As being regular visitors to the young patients on the wards‚ their fundraising has helped raise money to buy acquire vital diagnostic and screening equipment  for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Tygerberg is the teaching hospital of Stellenbosch University and provides tertiary medical care to approximately half of the Western Cape’s children in need‚ as well as many  from further afield. 

The relationship with the hospital has particular relevance to Desmond Tutu who overcame polio as a child and nearly succumbed to TB. His experiences made him determined to study medicine - a goal that had to be abandoned because he couldn’t afford to pay the necessary university fees.

Leah Tutu meanwhile studied nursing‚ after completing a teaching qualification.