S. Sudan’s national Dr. Emmanuel Taban recognized as COVID-19 expert


Dr. Emmanuel Taban, from refugee to Covid-19 expert —is expected to launch his inspiring book on Wednesday


Dr. Emmanuel Taban, a South Sudanese national, who stuns the world with his extraordinary expertise | Courtesy

Inspiring Life Story

Inspiring Story—As the dreaded Covid-19 rampaged through South Africa, one unassuming physician had worked out that his expertise as a lung specialist could bring relief to victims of the respiratory disease. He had the skills and tools with which to suck out the mucous that collected in patients’ air passages and caused breathing failure.

He tried out his novel use of therapeutic bronchoscopies on critically ill Covid patients in his clinic in rural Mpumalanga, South Africa and saved the lives of all he worked on.

His journey from being incarcerated in the notorious ‘White House’ torture chambers in Juba by the Khartoum regime when he was 14 years old, to his current position as a highly qualified doctor, is just as remarkable.

He escaped prison and made his way to Eritrea, living off the street before making the journey to Nairobi in Kenya to his uncle – who disowned him. He set off once again, travelling for 3,000km to South Africa. Here, with the help of a charity organisation, he completed his secondary education and went on to study medicine at Medunsa University, specialising in pulmonology (lung-related diseases).

Dr. Taban’s extraordinary story and never-say-die spirit has become a source of great inspiration for millions of young Africans who find themselves in often hopeless situations.

He’s expected to launch his inspiring book on Wednesday, March 16 on Facebook. You can watch live on Jacaranda FM’s Facebook.

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