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Who says you can’t have it all? The beauty, the glamour, the brains and living the dream. She is as strongly bound to the ER as her heart is bound to her patients and what she does. Meet Virtue Magazine’s favorite Anesthesiologist and medical dr., Dr. Pashy.

Born Patience Ntshani (35) in Botlokwa, Limpopo, Dr. Ntshani resonated from a rural village with a big dream and fascination of saving lives. She was raised by parents who embraced education, let alone, parents who believed in them and all of their capabilities. “I come from a family of strong faith, one that is deeply rooted in the family and the community that is why my identity is sturdy and established.”

Dr. Pashy without the lab coat is a sister, a mother and a wife. It doesn’t come as a surprise that our doctor is just a simple woman in her 30’s of which in her own words, shared with the magazine how she enjoys walking around the house barefoot. “That really captures the simplicity of who I am. I am a nurturer by nature, and I take pleasure in caring for everyone around me,” she adds. Dr. Pashy’s job in the hospital theatre is to administer anesthesia and monitor a patient during surgical procedure and to also continue with pain management treatment after the surgical operation. Well isn’t that an awe-inspiring experience!

“Once I am dressed in scrubs, I become a perfectionist, there is no room for error. I feel passionate about my work, and so it really has never felt to me like a job”   Blessed are those who land at Dr. Pashy’s hands!

She shares with the magazine that it is a ‘zone’ in which she is at her absolute best. We cannot begin to fathom how enticing it is to be lured into her world; the adrenaline rush, the passion, the everything! So we asked our doctor, what made her fall in love with medicine when it just gives most of us the freaks. “When I was younger I was fortunate enough to observe our local General Practitioner in action.” Dr. Pashy explains that the way in which he treated and responded to patients cajoled her imagination. She further shares how amazing it was to witness that people are able to be kind and generous in a way, while being able to find healing and good health.  She obviously wanted to be a doctor but the dream coupled with what she experienced and witnessed, made it seem like an easy prospect to overcome as a child.

Dr. Pashy’s qualifications include an;

  • MBCHB- Degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • DA (CMSA)- Diploma in Anesthesiology
  • FCA (CSMA)- Fellowship in Anesthesiology
  • MMED- Masters of Medicine in Anesthesiology and Critical Care

She obtained her medical degree at Medunsa followed up with a diploma in anesthesia, and an internationally recognized specialization from the Colleges of medicine. With so saying, Dr. Patience Ntshani is an anesthesiologist by trade. She is the first anesthesiologist to come from her village and the first female anesthesiologist to be internationally recognized in Sefako Makgatho Health Science University. She also extubates open heart surgery patients inside the theatre before taking them to ICU.

“The list is endless,” she says.

But another cherry on top would be when she shared her anesthetic techniques at an international congress in Manchester and her several awards of excellence throughout her career.

This is a clear example and representation of #sebenzagirl!

After her matric exams, she was offered bursaries for chemical engineering and medicine and it was quite pellucid to her that she wanted to be a doctor. We’ve all heard stories about how challenging medical school is, but Dr. Pashy made it her priority to study hard and also taking part in some extracurricular activities including a chess club and imparting a few beauty pageants- she was always driven to succeed.

She was magically introduced to her newly found passion in fifth year which is anesthesiology. She opens up about the hardships she has come to face including juggling family and work but she makes it a point to create a healthy balance in her lives so she can accommodate for family time, her career and self-care.

She has never reconsidered her career choice as medicine has always been the only career she wanted to follow. She adds on by saying it has fulfilled her, kept her excited and offered her the opportunity to follow her dreams. Her biggest influence is her family and being the eldest amongst her siblings has given her drive to become a good example to them as they are also in medicine.

“I am on a journey to embrace the calling that God has given me, I do work for a higher spiritual goal and purpose.” Apart from being a doctor she is very passionate about fashion, self-expression, travelling and hosting networking lunches for women with the aim of giving them a platform to engage and share in their experiences.

She hopes she inspires young people through authenticity as people are responding to her because they have a similar life journey and her story surely rings genuine to them. She ended by urging young students that see medicine as calling and who might not that it is important to choose to do it because they cannot imagine themselves dong anything else. Failure to this would result in a miserable career because it demands everything you have to offer. She also advised medical professionals and students to keep moving forward and to grow.

“You need to stay on top of your game because technology is busy changing the world and the only way to avoid getting left behind is to keep learning.”

Article by; Palesa Khotso

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