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nursing thumb medium90 93News24 reports that a nurse, who helped care for thousands of people's wounds at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, has retired after 35 years - and she has never taken a day's sick leave.  

Sister Colleen Grehan's dedicated service was highlighted on the Heroes of Groote Schuur Facebook page, a project of the hospital facility board.  Some of her patients fondly remembered her care and thanked her, while former colleagues expressed appreciation for her knowledge and patience.  Grehan, 66, who retired on Friday, told the project that nursing had always been in her blood and she paraded around with a towelling nappy on her head as a toddler, pretending to be a nurse.  Grehan explained that she had refused to take sick leave because there had been no one else to do her job.  She retired for 10 hours last year, but there was nobody to replace her so she returned.  Now she was forced to retire.  "If I could just keep going I would keep going.  Monthly I treat between 250-270 patients.  Last year I did 3,097 patients in one year," the selfless Grehan indicated.

  • Read the full original of Jenna Etheridge’s report on this story at News24

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