Local teen shares the pains of growing extra bones – 'I long to be normal like other kids'

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This Northern Cape teen dreams of living a normal life but doctors have no answers for the extra bones growing in her body.
This Northern Cape teen dreams of living a normal life but doctors have no answers for the extra bones growing in her body.

This article was previously published in the DRUM print edition.

She just wants to be a normal teen. All she wants to worry about at this point is getting together with her friends, playing with the latest gadgets, having fun dressing up, and playing her favourite sport – netball.  But at 18, Vuyelwa Magwana’s thoughts are centred around the pain she has been living with since she was seven. The teenager has ball-sized growths all over her body, which are hard to the touch and make it difficult for her to wear dresses without drawing attention to herself.  Born and raised in Utlhanang township in the Northern Cape, Vuyelwa craves a normal life.

A RARE CONDITION

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