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62 year-old man finally receives his first ever wheelchair

By: Kanego Lewele

David Dende, a 62 year-old paralysed man from Luthuli Park will no longer rely on the mercy of other to move around. This after he received his brand new and first ever wheelchair from the MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba during an occasion held at Seshego hospital.

 

Although Dende has been paralysed for 10 now, he has never owned a wheelchair of his own and he had to rely on the mercy of his wife and sometimes his neighbours to move around.

He says the wheelchair could not have come at a better time. “I have longed for this day to come. I can confidently confess that this is the best thing that has ever happened to me since I got paralysed 10 years ago. I am truly grateful to MEC Dr Ramathuba and her department,” said Dende gleefully.

Dende says without a wheelchair, mobility was a nightmare. “Moving around my yard was a mission. I had to spend around R300 on transport to go collect my social grant because sometimes taxi drivers will not be patient enough to assist me,” he said.

He says the newly acquired wheel chair will greatly assist him in his rehabilitation process. “Therapists and home based care givers visit me regularly to assist with the rehabilitation process and also monitor my progress,” he added.

When handing over wheelchairs to the needy at Seshego Hospital, MEC Ramathuba thanked all the stakeholders for their patience. “I promised during our department’s budget speech that we will procure around 1300 wheelchairs to address the backlog that province has been experiencing and today we very proud to announce that we have since delivered on our promises,” said the MEC.

The wheelchairs are being distributed to needy patients in all five districts across the province.