Paramedic’s love of running

2015-04-29 09:22

SCELO Thusi (42), a paramedic at KZN Emergency Medical Services at Greys Hospital, will be competing in the Comrades Marathon for the third time.

In the past few weeks he has run the Buff Marathon in East London and the Two Oceans Marathon.

The Pelham resident has been at Greys Hospital for more than a decade.

“I love my job although it’s sometimes dangerous and you have to be mentally strong to be a paramedic. You have to love what you do in order to give your patients the best care,” said Thusi.

He began running in 2009 after sustaining multiple injuries playing soccer and his first marathon was that same year when he participated in the Postnet Maritzburg Marathon where he ran the 21km event. From there he started entering more and bigger events. He ran his first Comrades Marathon in 2013.

Thusi, a technician by trade, became a paramedic and began working for the department 10 years ago.

“I did the basic ambulance assistance course and then went looking for a job. I was first employed at a hospital in Ladysmith, but needed to come home to be close to my family,” he said. He is married and has a 16-year-old daughter.

He trains mostly on his off days, but even working day shift doesn’t stop him from training. He wakes up at 4.30am and trains for an hour before going to work and has sometimes run to work in the morning.

He says keeping fit helps him stay healthy and helps him to deal with the stresses associated with being a paramedic. His plea to his work colleagues is that they should start exercising to improve their health

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