Lad who beat the odds to live gets gift of movement

2017-03-16 06:02
Mark Mayambela, of Ajax Cape Town F.C, Bonani Tshambo, father, Vuyiswa Tshambo, mother, Mosa Lebusa, player for Ajax Cape Town F.C and Ibongwe Tshambo, 5, during the handover of the wheelchair, in Khayelitsha, on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Mark Mayambela, of Ajax Cape Town F.C, Bonani Tshambo, father, Vuyiswa Tshambo, mother, Mosa Lebusa, player for Ajax Cape Town F.C and Ibongwe Tshambo, 5, during the handover of the wheelchair, in Khayelitsha, on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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A boy who was born with his legs folded into his thighs has received a donation of a wheelchair from the Ajax Cape Town F.C.

Ibongwe Tshambo, 5, of Site C, was visibly happy after he was put on his wheelchair at the one roomed shack he shares with his parents, Bonani and Vuyiswa Tshambo.

The handover was made by Shooz Mekuto, PRO at Ajax Cape Town F.C, Mark Mayambela, and Mosa Lebusa, who both play for the team.

Mekuto said they were touched after learning about Ibongwe’s situation in the media and they decided to jump in and help him with the wheelchair.

“We do not only read the back pages of newspapers which are about sport, but we also want to know what is happening in people’s lives. So we decided to jump and help Ibongwe after reading about his story. We wanted to make a difference in his life. We will make it our business to follow on his life and to ensure that he is happy. We would also come and take him to watch our soccer matches if his parents give us a green light,” Mekuto said.

Lebusa said he was also happy to see Ibongwe happy.

“It means a lot to me. I was once a child and it always felt good to me to receive something that I needed, so I understand what this means to him,” he said.

Asked about his favourite soccer team, Ibongwe said it is Mamelodi Sundowns F.C and that his favourite player is Khama Billiat.

Mekuto said they will organise for him to meet Billiat and other team members.

Bonani said the wheelchair will make life easier for his son.

“I am very happy and I can see that he is also happy, most of the time when he plays with other children, they end-up leaving him alone since he cannot walk.

Sometimes he wants to go to church with me, but I cannot take him along, because he does not have a wheelchair.

He will now be able to move around on his own. He used to ask us when is he going to be able to walk, but now he understands his situation,” Tshambo said.

Vuyiswa Tshambo, said she knew about Ibongwe’s disability when she was still pregnant and that she refused to abort him after she was given an option by doctors.

“I was told that he will not live beyond three years and look at how old is he now. I was pregnant with triplets, so the doctors told me, but the other two children were not fully developed. Ibongwe has three kidneys. He is only growing with his internal organs. I was stressing a lot, but now I have accepted his fate,” Vuyiswa said.

She also said she has already taken a decision not to amputate Ibongwe’s legs or separate them from his thighs after they were given six months to make a decision by the doctors.

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