As the world celebrates Mother’s Day today, legendary musician Deborah Fraser did not think she would live to celebrate the occasion with her children.
The award-winning mother of two told City Press that she thought she was going to die when she was admitted to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in February.
The Siyakhothama hitmaker vomited and then collapsed on her way to an event in Klerksdorp, North West.
“The artists who were at the event made me come back to Johannesburg and go to hospital. After I was admitted, it was two days before I regained consciousness and realised where I was.
“I was told I was in hospital and that my sugar levels and blood pressure were high.
“The doctors also found that I had meningitis and put me on antibiotics,” she said.
The star added that she was supported by close family members and friends who knew of her condition.
Fraser has been staying at her farm outside Johannesburg, where she is recovering.
Fraser added that:
“I’m slowly getting there, healthwise, even though my challenge is that I can’t walk. I think my mobility was affected by having slept a lot in hospital,” she said.
Fraser, who was booked for a performance in Limpopo last weekend, said people were alarmed when they saw her in a wheelchair. She is still wheelchair-bound.
“People are very shocked when they see me. They cry and want to know what happened. They even pray for me.
“I [often experience] such moments.
“I haven’t stopped performing because God worked a miracle for me in that my voice is still working perfectly.
“I don’t have a problem, apart from not being able to walk. I can go on stage in my wheelchair and sing,” she said.
The gospel star said her current situation was also preparation for a testimony.
“I think people are going to learn something from my situation.
As she focuses on her health, the star’s friends have rallied behind her with prayer and financial help.
“I have good friends who’ve been there for me and came to the hospital. They sent me money, even though there were no shops at the hospital. They just wanted to show me that they were supporting me.
“Some of them even offered to pay my children’s school fees and were there for them too.”
For Mother’s Day, Fraser will be surrounded by her friends and family at her house for a prayer session.
“Fortunately, there’ll be prayers in my home. My friends will be coming together to pray for me,” she said.
Fraser will be going for physiotherapy tomorrow.
“I just want to get back on my feet and release my album, which I was supposed to release before Easter,” she said. – Julia Madibogo