Witness article inspires help for obese woman in Sobantu

2011-12-08 00:00

A WOMAN from Sobantu who weighs over 300 kg was taken to hospital yesterday after The Witness highlighted her tough living conditions last week.

Ntombifikile Ndima (67) has spent the last three years on a mattress. Yesterday she was taken to Northdale Hospital for medical attention.

Paramedics and firefighters lifted Ndima from her bed on the floor.

She complained about pain as she was carried to an ambulance by eight fire-fighters and paramedics on her foam mattress and blanket, but was thankful that she has received help.

She was admitted to hospital and X-rays were taken.

“I am so happy that they are helping me. I have hope that I will get better. I still have pain in my leg that was injured after I fell off the bed,” said Ndima in tears.

Ward councillor Thandi Matiwane thanked The Witness for publishing the story. “If it was not for the newspaper we wouldn’t have got this help. I’ve been trying to get assistance for months for her.”

South African National Civic Organisation president Dumsani Mthalane said communities must unite in helping needy families. “They should let councillors be aware of them so that they can also be helped.”

Neighbour Elphas Dumakude thanked community members who had helped Ndima.

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