FOLLOWING a 40-day struggle with Multilobar Pneumonia and multiple clots in his lungs Dr Johan Janeke, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in the Union Hospital on September 17 at 8.30pm.
“He was the most incredible person; clothed in humility, compassion, wisdom, dedication, patience, perseverance, courage and love and he connected with everyone – his family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, patients and the people he met on ground level,” said his wife Margaret. He met Nelson Mandela, Bob Hope and Elvis Presley and yet made it his mission to connect with others with the same level of dignity and respect.
He was deeply loved by his wife Margaret and all six of his children and six grandchildren and was cherished by his patients, every staff member at Netcare Mulbarton hospital and every other person he connected with. Johan was not only a brilliant surgeon who worked in several countries, he was a dedicated practitioner who would go out of his way to help his patients, was highly skilled and practiced medicine with the highest level of ethics and integrity.
He won several awards both internationally and nationally but made it his highest mission to serve his fellow man sacrificially. He published several books in the field of ENT as well as writing a multitude of articles for medical magazines.
Johan was innovative and developed a revolutionary bone conducting implant (ABC Implant) for hearing impaired patients and he volunteered as an ENT surgeon to operate on HIV positive children from Cotlands pro bono for many years.
Johan was a courageous man, overcoming MS and a Paraspinal trauma. He was forced to retire in 2013 and adapted his life following rehabilitation.
“He looked at life with gratitude and remained purpose driven against all odds. He wrote several books since his retirement including a children’s story which will be published in the near future.
He also developed into the most amazing artist, painting the most beautiful creations on tree bark as well as completing a compilation of paintings and drawings on trees titled Soul of a Tree,” added Margaret.
A celebration service in honour of his life and legacy was held at St Pauls Church, Mulbarton on September 26.
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