Living with listeriosis: A mother's anguish

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Luleka Ndamase was born disabled. Unable to speak, she made up her own form of sign language as a child. Luleka gets epileptic fits. It's compromised her immune system leaving her vulnerable to bacteria.

Luleka Ndamase was born disabled. Unable to speak, she made up her own form of sign language as a child. Luleka gets epileptic fits. It's compromised her immune system leaving her vulnerable to bacteria.

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Luleka Ndamase was born disabled. Unable to speak, she made up her own form of sign language as a child. Luleka gets epileptic fits. It's compromised her immune system leaving her vulnerable to bacteria.

Luleka Ndamase was born disabled. Unable to speak, she made up her own form of sign language as a child. Luleka gets epileptic fits. It's compromised her immune system leaving her vulnerable to bacteria.

EAST LONDON - While listeriosis has resulted in a high death rate, not everyone has died from exposure to the bacteria.

Lindiwe Ndamase&39;s stepdaughter Luleka (40) is in Frere Hospital in East London.

Luleke was diagnosed with listeriosis.

Travelling every day by taxi to visit Luleka has put a strain on Lindiwe&39;s already meagre finances.

* eNCA reporter Sandy McCowen visited a patient recovering from listeriosis. Watch the video in the gallery above.