Determination knows no bounds

2015-11-18 06:00
Avesh Ganes, double amputee, has achieved his dream of recording a CD. PHOTO:nicole john

Avesh Ganes, double amputee, has achieved his dream of recording a CD. PHOTO:nicole john

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SURVIVOR of a double amputation and three heart attacks, Avesh Ganes, has recorded and released a gospel instrumental CD - Close to my Heart - featuring hymns and old tunes.

Formerly from Durban, Ganes moved to Pietermaritzburg with his wife and three children, for employment reasons, nine years ago.

He was only able to keep his job for a few years when he was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as Burgers Disease, which is the narrowing of arteries.

In 2012 he underwent his first amputation on his left leg which was cut below the knee. He recovered from that and had a prosthesis fit on which enabled him to walk and work again.

However, in August he was forced to have the other leg amputated below the knee as well. and he also suffered three heart attacks.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Ganes said it is not easy being a double amputee, but he has managed to get through with the strength and support he receives from his family.

“I have the most loving family. The support I get from my wife is amazing, my daughters and son are also a great help even though they have their own commitments and areas to focus on like school and work,” he said.

Ganes said he always had a passion for music and comes from a musically inclined family. From the age of 15 he was playing instruments and mainly focused on Eastern music with his uncle at the time. He was in a two-man band and played keyboard and sang.

“It was only when I came to Pietermaritzburg that I became serious about the Lord. I play in the church band with my son and I have a passion for ministry music,” he said.

While the passion was burning inside him, Ganes met local musicians Naveen and Len Sooklal, whose story appeared in Maritzburg Fever on 10 September. The Sooklal’s own Len Sooklal’s Music Productions and record music.

“Neveen and Len were kind enough to record my music free of charge and help me fulfil a dream of recording a CD.

“They have become like family and I am very grateful to them. I would also like to say thank you to YK Signs, who donated my CD cover,” said Ganes.

Ganes is determined to continue with his music, but he has ideas in mind about his plans to help others with disabilities cope with the challenges that amputations bring.

“I want others like me to know there is light at the end of the tunnel and that all they need to do is have the support of their families and believe that things will get better.
“It’s all about your mindset, it takes determination and prayer to help you live life the best way you can under your circumstances,” he said.

For more information about Ganes’s CD, to donate old musical equipment or to help in any way, contact him at 061 242 8100 or 033 387 5945.

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