‘Witness’, ‘Echo’ readers help find gogo

2014-01-14 00:00

AN 87-year-old Imbali gogo who had been missing for more than three weeks has been found at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Thembi Emily Zondi’s son Sipho said his mother had been admitted to the hospital three days after she walked out of her house on December 6, 2013.

He said they could not find her on their initial visits to the hospital because she had been admitted under a different name.

According to Sipho, his mother may have become disorientated after she left the family home in Wula Road, Imbali, for her usual short walk around the neighbourhood. He said she may have wandered further away to an area where people did not know her.

Sipho thanked the good samaritans who took his mother to hospital.

“We don’t know how she got there. She is unable to tell us what happened and she is still in the hospital,” he said.

Sipho thanked readers of The Witness and Echo, saying it was an observant reader who recognised his mother’s photograph and called to say he was certain she was a patient at the hospital.

“We rushed [to the hospital] and found her. I cannot tell you how overjoyed we are as a family. Please tell your readers that the Zondi family are grateful that they were able to find their mother and grandmother, through an article in the newspaper,” Sipho said.

He added that they now have a deeper understanding of the pain a family goes through when a loved one goes missing.

“We are overjoyed that our story has had a happy ending,” Sipho said.

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