Pro-life doctor Jacques de Vos ‘doing well’ after surgery in London

Dr Jacques de Vos

Cape Town pro-life doctor Jacques de Vos, 34, is due to be discharged from hospital in London tomorrow after undergoing specialist surgery for a degenerative venous condition — and after much prayer from supporters in South Africa and elsewhere.

After two unsuccessful operations in South Africa in recent years he was advised by the British doctor who performed the last operation that his best hope was to undergo surgery in London where they had access to specialised expertise and technology.

After a Covid-19 quarantine period in London he underwent surgery last Thursday to correct a lesion in his veins that caused him to suffer much pain and made it a struggle to perform everyday tasks.

His initial response to the surgery was positive but after a while his veins began to close again and he had to undergo further surgery yesterday.

Responding from the hospital in London today, Jacques said the surgery team had opened his veins again and he was doing well. He said he would be discharged from hospital tomorrow and monitored as an outpatient.

He also expressed appreciation for all the support and prayers he has received.

Jacques has been unable to practice medicine since 2017 when he was suspended and charged with unprofessional conduct for allegedly advising a pregnant woman who wanted an abortion that her unborn baby was a human being. Since then his internship, which he had completed, has not been signed off.

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) repeatedly delayed his hearing and in September last year the charges against him were suddenly dropped. But Jacques, who has pleaded not guilty and is ready to state his case, with the backing of expert witnesses in human anatomy and psychiatry, believes he is entitled to an acquittal and his lawyers have filed an application for his hearing to be finalised. His legal team hope the High Court will hear the application, which is being opposed by the HPCSA, this month or next month.

Let’s continue to keep Jacques in prayer — for the surgery to be a lasting success and for justice in his case.

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