‘Obesity is killing me’

2017-11-16 06:00
Confidence Gxalaba, 62, is trapped in her bed by obesity. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Confidence Gxalaba, 62, is trapped in her bed by obesity. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A gogo from Kwa-khikhi hostels who claims to have been stuck in bed for more than five years after an accident says her weight has ballooned to such an extent as a result that she has become her own worst enenmy.

Confidence Gxalaba, 62, said she was thrown off a bakkie in Gcuwa in 2010.

This, she says, was the beginning of her nightmare as she spent the next two years being operated on and was sent from one hospital to another.

“After the accident my knee and hip was dislocated and I struggled to walk. To make things worse, the operation to fix my hip was not done long afterwards.

I became bedridden, and started to gain weight and now doctors say that they cannot operate on me because of my obesity.

I cant exercise because I can’t even sit up straight. Whenever I try, it is extremely painful and I don’t have a good diet,” she said.

Gxalaba stays in a shack with her husband and two caregivers.

Gxalaba complains thatv she is unable to do anything for herself and the difficulty of attending hospital.

“If I have to be moved, we must enlist the help of other men, because I am so heavy. I am not well treated, all I do is eat and watch TV, I have given up hope,” she said.

She says she struggles in bad bad weather as she is locked in her shack all day long.

“On rainy days the waters drips to my feet but I can’t even move them so I have to ask people to come help me.

When it’s hot I only have a small window so it gets too hot as well,” Gxalaba said.

She said that her dream is to receive a bigger and automated wheelchair as the one she has is too small for her.

She said she still hopes for her hip operation but sharp pains in her chest, stomach and her heart make her fear for her life. “It feels like I have needles inside my body.”


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