Nana’s walk of triumph inspires all

2011-09-19 00:00

SOUTH Coast elephantiasis sufferer Nana Ntombela (37) returned home on Friday after 133 days of treatment in Johannesburg.

Ntombela, who was bed-ridden for the last two years, walked out of the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital with the aid of crutches at her farewell on Thursday.

This was a significant moment for Ntombela and the medical team who treated her.

Jacques du Plessis, managing director of the Netcare hospital division said, “A few months ago Nana had to be carried by a number of strong paramedics and policemen to the Netcare 911 vehicle that was to transport her to Johannesburg for treatment.

“Thanks to her treatment and her own tenacity and strength of character, she will not be needing any help when getting into the vehicle that will transport her home.”

Du Plessis said Ntombela’s recovery was nothing short of remarkable and called her “an inspiration to all South Africans”.

The elephantiasis started to show in 2006 on her left leg and by May this year Ntombela’s leg had swelled to over 1,5 metres in diameter, rendering her immobile. She needed at least nine people to move her and became totally dependent on her family. She even married her husband from her bed.

When media reports highlighted Ntombela’s plight, individuals and organisations came to her aid. Kerishnie Naiker, communications director of Netcare, said, “They were united in their goal, which was to see Nana walk again and lead a happy fulfilled life. Nana thanked everyone for assisting her and making her treatment possible.”

On her arrival at Netcare Margate Hospital, she was welcomed in an emotional ceremony by her family and hospital staff. She will now slowly start to reclaim her life.

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