Lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life, Ingrid Oxley would never have believed that Tuberculosis would change her life for the good – and contribute to her becoming NMMU’s first ever Master’s in Dietetics graduate.
In 2011 while working as a dietician at a public hospital in Port Elizabeth, 30-year-old Ingrid contracted Tuberculosis (TB).
After completing the treatment, she was cured of TB. However, she was hospitalised the very next year displaying TB symptoms again, this time more severe. Tests later revealed she was infected with pre-extensively drug-resistant TB (pre-XDR TB).
Ingrid, now a junior lecture in NMMU’s dietetics department, spent 75 days in hospital, a month in ICU and at a stage slipped into a coma due to liver failure from the TB medication.
“While in a coma my family was advised to travel from Pretoria to say goodbye to me. But people were praying for me and I miraculously awoke from the coma.”
The two years that followed proved to be very challenging for Ingrid. Weighing a mere 47kg, she was often too weak to walk and became dependent on her husband Jonathan, her friends and family, to care for her.
Her 24-month long treatment, which