Amputee has no fear of climbing

2016-02-11 06:00
 Cape Town amputee Zizipho Ndlwana (right) conquered Mount Kilimanjaro with two friends in 2014. Photo by Zizipho’s Facebook page.

Cape Town amputee Zizipho Ndlwana (right) conquered Mount Kilimanjaro with two friends in 2014. Photo by Zizipho’s Facebook page.

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“Being an amputee made me a better person, now I’m more aware of myself and people around me.

“The incident has opened my eyes,” said Zizipho Ndlwana, the first black amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Zizipho said his leg was amputated below the knee following a car accident in 2010. He was 19 years old then.

Now at 25, Zizipho, who is a public relations, events and business management lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, has achieved a lot.

In 2014 he became the first black amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when he hauled himself up using his prosthetic leg.

“I want to be an extraordinary person. I have accepted my disability. I don’t regret losing my leg,” said Zizipho.

He was injured when the car he was driving rolled after a tyre burst. When he woke up at Groote Schuur Hospital after a week-long coma he found out that his leg had been amputated!

He spent the next five months in hospital. “I was not upset when I woke up to see that I had one leg. I was happy that I was alive,” Zizipho said.

He said being disabled doesn’t mean he is not able to do things that normal people do. “I’m on a mission to defy the odds and motivate people. I want to prove to everyone that there are no limits in life,” he said.

Before the accident he had a dream of playing rugby for the Springboks. But his dream was not completely dashed. He changed his focus and dared the impossible that even able-bodied people struggle to achieve.

“I did not sit down and give up in despair when I lost my leg. It’s not that I can’t play rugby it’s just that I can’t play it like before, when I had both legs. But now I have found something that I love and I’m embracing it,” he said.

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