BACKSTREET SURGERY RIFE AND DANGEROUS
By: Mhleli Mkhize
A young man’s life nearly came to an end after using unlicenced medical surgery.
Twenty-three-year-old Sphelele Blose from Georgedale in Hammarsdale, allegedly went to a traditional healer in Durban’s West Walk Arcade to get his private part enlargened. However,
bad news awaited him a few days after his visit to the healer.
Medical practitioners all over emphasize the importance for people to do thorough research when it comes to things that concern their health.
“I wanted to give my girlfriend better satisfaction and so I thought let me enlarge my manhood,” said Blose in pain.
The pills have no guarantee that they work. They are purple and narrow in shape and various more are sold to people.
“After three days I was feeling funny; my penis was painful and felt like it was burnt with boiling water.
When I went to the bathroom to have a look at it, it had blisters which were yellow all over it,” he explained.
The traditional healer, whose real name is unknown but calls himself Abdul in posters, denied ever having clients whom were affected by his medicine. A few days following our first
interview, Abdul vacated the space he occupied in West Walk.
Blose now uses urinary catheter hollow that are flexible tubes used to collect urine from the bladder.
Sphelele’s grandmother, known as Mrs Mshengu said, “I noticed the sudden sleeping pattern my grandson had. I could see something was not right with him but he refused to tell me what
was wrong, until he confessed to me what had happened.”
Senior Nurse at Edandale Hospital Ningi Khumalo said, “There hasn’t been any safer procedure to this. This is a very dangerous practice that might endanger their lives.”
Said Euvette Taylor, an employee at the Durban University of Technology’s HIV/AIDS Centre said, “It’s really an unregulated market and a very dangerous territory.”
Blose is currently in hospital for treatment.