Lukas and Marinda du Preez
Lukas and Marinda du Preez

Mossel Bay husband hopeful for wife's recovery

By Siphokazi Vuso Time of article published Aug 12, 2021

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Cape Town - The Mossel Bay husband who has vowed to keep on playing the accordion outside the Life Bay View Private Hospital to comfort his wife, battling Covid-19, until she is discharged, says he believes she will pull through.

A video of Lukas du Preez playing the accordion for his wife Marinda went viral last month.

He said he began playing the accordion for his wife, Marinda, out of desperation, as he had not seen her for weeks after she was hospitalised on July 11.

“It’s difficult not to see her, and visit her, and even talking on the telephone exhausts her. So out of desperation, I took the little accordion and I stood outside the window. I just played You Raise Me Up, How Great Thou Art, and a couple of other gospel songs. I knew she would recognise it,” he said.

The 66-year-old said his wife, who was now on a ventilator, was stable, and he believed she will pull through.

"I still go to the hospital every day. I still play my little piano accordion also, as often as I can; it’s the only way I can communicate with Marinda. My wife is stable, she is still on a ventilator, now for two weeks. Her oxygen levels are okay, we pray she gets out of this. I believe, and as thousands of others believe, she will pull through. She is a strong person, and God is good,” he said.

A hopeful Du Preez said having to deal with the experience had left him emotionally exhausted .

"I am just very tired at this point because not being able to see your wife and noting the severity of the situation is completely exhausting; for me it is a unique experience. There are thousands of people praying for her, to get through this, and she will,” he said.

Regional manager for Life Healthcare, Riaan Croucamp said the accordion music played outside of the hospital has been enjoyed by everyone in the hospital, and the public’s response to the music has been heart-warming.

“The Life Bay View Hospital has seen so many outpourings of love and hope from family members of patients over the last year, which have encouraged, and it has given comfort to the patients and health-care workers in our hospital.

“The recent accordion music played outside of the hospital has been enjoyed by everyone in the hospital and the public’s response to the music has been heart-warming,” Croucamp said.

Cape Times

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