Nobody knew that the charismatic former President of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire could have died about 60 years ago. He was a regular patient at Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Kanye.
His illness nearly cost him his marriage which happened in 1957 when he was 32 years age to his now deceased wife Olebile Masire who was 25 years at the time.
The ever funny Sir Ketumile (89) made fun out of his illness and how it nearly cost him not to have a wedding celebration.
He was speaking as a surprise long time patient at the hospital’s 93rd commemoration last Friday in Kanye.
He told his listeners that the hospital saved his life many times that he owes his life to it.
He said as a regular patient at the hospital doctors there understood him or his illness.
Although he did not share his illness he held his audience in stitches when he said, “I nearly died on the eve of my marriage. A day before my marriage I was hospitalized. Even my doctor joked that the marriage should be held in the hospital.”
He further threw the crowds in fists of laughter as he told how his doctor arranged his marriage to be held in three (3) different churches.
“I am sure I am the only one who has held his marriage in many churches, three to be specific. My doctors told me several times that I am about to die. My suite was delivered to me on the hospital bed. I had to dash to celebrate my wedding and back to my hospital bed,” he said with a hearty laughter.
He said after his wedding celebration, he was then hospitalized for 3 days as his wife went on a honeymoon alone.
He joked, “Imagine, at the time my wife who hails from Mahikeng, had to marry a man who was regularly a patient at a hospital. She left me to go on a honey moon whilst I had time in the hospital.”
His testimony was to show the public that with a good health system like the one at Seventh Day Adventist Hospital lives can be saved.
He applauded the hospital staff and management for doing a sterling job in providing excellent service to the public.