eManzimtoti born-and-bred cruise ship doctor Christiaan Kotze discovered this during his stint on the ocean between qualifying as at Stellenbosch University and specialising in emergency medicine.
“We have to cover the windows when we pass through pirate seas. Everyone gets so excited. The ship also has to report to headquarters every hour,” he told The Independent on Saturday on a visit home to perform in A Celebration of Voices event this week at his old school Kearsney College.
Kotze said being aboard a ship at sea means that patients cannot be referred to specialists in a hurry, unless it’s dire and a helicopter needs to be called in. “Still, the job involves a huge amount of logistics.”
It’s his call to tell the captain whether the ship must stay in port if a patient needs to be there.