Air Force gives wheelchair

2017-03-28 06:03
Chief Warrant Officer J Papole, Dorian Basson, founder of the Red Ribbon Foundation, Masood Roman, Lieutenant-Colonel J Sepesa and Senior Warrant Officer C Palmer-Pilgram.

Chief Warrant Officer J Papole, Dorian Basson, founder of the Red Ribbon Foundation, Masood Roman, Lieutenant-Colonel J Sepesa and Senior Warrant Officer C Palmer-Pilgram.

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With the odds stacked against her, one 68-year-old Woodlands woman has not just withstood poverty and hardship but has laboured daily to provide for her family and have her life matter.

However, in January this year, her life was radically changed when doctors were left with no choice but to amputate her right leg just below the knee due to her chronic diabetic condition.

The loss of a limb could not be compensated as Francina Roman struggled to come to terms with the fact that she could no longer be the independent and strong woman so many in her community have known her to be.

With the loss of independence, her son now provides daily care to her as he maintains she cared for him all her years. And now in her incapability, it is only right that he does the same, he says.

The Red Ribbon Foundation was approached to aid the family with a wheelchair as well as to assess the living conditions of the household. Through the assistance of a project run by warrant officers of the SA Air Force, the organisation bought a wheelchair for ­Roman.

The wheelchair was handed over to her son Masood on Friday 17 March.

Roman, who is currently in hospital after having undergone a third operation, will be able to mobilise herself once home. Her dignity will be restored as she adjusts to her new way of life. Regardless of her situation, Roman still maintains that she places all her trust and hope in God.

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