Sean is 35 years old. He had his left l...Read More
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Sean is 35 years old. He had his left leg amputated above the knee in May 2008 following a Motor vehicle accident. While in hospital he also contracted a 'superbug' which led to complications.
Sean has the attitude that 'You need to help yourself'. He is currently employed at ADT Security and does his best to support himself and his family. Sean's mobility decreased tremendously when his 3R60 knee began to perish. Unfortunately Sean does not have a medical aid and was in no position to afford a new knee. Stand with Stan was able to give him a Rheo Knee which was donate by someone in the USA.
We wish you well Sean, Enjoy your knee and mobility.
When you meet Freddie for the first time you are immediately warmed by his contagious smile. Freddie, despite being a bi-lateral below knee amputee, has the best attitude in life - “This is the hand I was dealt, I have to use it to my best ability” At just two years old Freddie was left asleep alone inside his home by his sibling as they went to collect water. He lay near a fireplace which was keeping him warm. Freddie rolled into the fire at some point in his sleep. By the time his family members found him, his legs were burnt beyond repair. Despite every effort, the doctors could not save his legs and amputation was the only option. This 2 year old would have to learn to walk all over again. For many years Freddie had no access to any prosthetics due to his family not having enough money to purchase them. The government hospitals turned him away due to his stumps being so short which proved difficult to attach the prosthetics to the stumps. Freddie managed to pay off his first set of legs although those are now falling apart completely. Thanks to the generous donation of parts from the USA and Stand with Stan, Freddie can now walk unaided again.
Anton Ngwenya thrives on life! Even after becoming an amputee, Anton reckons he was chosen to be like this. Anton used to run a 'tuck shop' out of his school bag to generate some form of income even while at school so that he could become independent.
One day, on the way to replenish his stock, Anton was taken out by a double cab Toyota Hilux whilst crossing the road. The vehicle had not seen the stop sign, skipped it and hit Anton at approximately 80km/h. He lost his leg at the scene.
Waking up in hospital with his one leg gone, Anton immediately felt despondent. What was he going to do now? He tried to put his name on the waiting list for a prosthetic but was turned away because his residual limb was too short for a prosthetic.
Leaving the hospital on crutches, Anton's dream of leading a normal life again became challenging. The biggest challenge came when he was again on his way to 'stock up' for his little business and got mugged by criminals who not only stole his bag with the stock but also his crutches so that he was immobilized.
Anton had basically given up all hope when he read about Stand with Stan in his local newspaper. He applied, waited for some time and then one day received the best news ever....He was going to receive a new prosthetic leg!
Although his extremely short residual limb was very difficult to work with, he was able to be fitted with a custom, well fitting leg which has got him back to mobility again.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Shiloh Dawson was born with a dysfunctional right lower leg and foot, as well as a webbed right hand. When she was only 15 months old, her foot was amputated above the ankle at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. She also had to have two operations to separate and straighten her fingers. Shiloh’s doting parents rallied their community together, raising the necessary funds through car washes and the sale of prepared food, to get their daughter this prosthetic limb without delay. Aged 20 months, Shiloh received her first device and absolutely loved her newfound mobility. Unfortunately, by the time Stand with Stan received a call for help from Shiloh’s anxious parents, she had outgrown her first leg, and urgently required one that could fit her growing little frame. The waiting list at the hospital was so long, that little Shiloh would’ve once again lost her mobility and wait up to five years for a new prosthesis. Thanks to Stand with Stand, Shiloh received her new leg in November 2014, and as the picture above shows, she loves it!
Katleho is a vibrant 17-year-old pupil at Leondale High School in Germiston. In 2013, however, she was forced to repeat grade 11 because of her illness. In February last year, Katleho developed pain in both her feet along with a rash, which turned into excruciating pain, and later, discolouration of her toes. After being admitted to hospital, the usually cheerful teen was subjected to every conceivable test in an effort to diagnose the cause of her problem. The doctors were baffled when all the tests returned negative results. Katleho's one foot miraculously healed itself, and despite her agony, she was discharged from hospital with prescribed strong pain killing medication. Weeks later, her foot auto-amputated, and she was re-admitted to hospital where she underwent a below knee amputation. This exceptionally brave girl returned to school in January this year, walking with the aid of crutches, and yearning for the day her family could afford a prosthetic for her. After seeing Stand with Stan featured on television news one night, Katleho excitedly completed the application forms in the hope she would be successful in her application for a prosthetic foot. After hearing the young girl's story, SPAR generously donated funds towards her prosthesis. Katleho received her prosthetic leg and since then has received her second, revised socket which has given her the opportunity to live with zero limitations. Katleho loves dancing and basketball, and is hoping to join the wheelchair basketball team.
Tholakele Simelane is a seven-year-old girl from Tembisa, who was born with Tibial Hemimelia, better known as ‘club foot’. Orthopaedic surgeons advised Tholakele's parents in the days, weeks and months that followed her birth, that amputation below the knee was advised for the little girl to be able to walk. At an age when most toddlers are mastering the art of balancing on their own two feet, little Tholakele was mastering walking on her first prosthetic leg, having had her own lower leg and foot amputated at the tender age of 13 months. Four months after the operation the brave baby girl received her first prosthetic that consisted of a straight bottom leg with no foot, which Tholakele used to walk with for two long years. It was only at age three-and-a-half that she excitedly received a limb with a foot, and could finally know how it felt to wear a pair of shoes, like all her friends. Tholakele's prosthetics were of poor quality, and did not give her the freedom to play actively with her friends, as they were loose-fitting. Her parents heard about Stand with Stan and applied for a new, quality prosthesis for her. Tholakele's application was accepted, and she was assessed by Stand with Stan's medical prosthetist, Marco du Plooy, who fitted her with a new, advanced prosthetic on 30th July 2014, where she excitedly demonstrated her new ball-kicking and jumping ability to the attending media.
At age 19, JP was involved in a motorcycle accident and as a result, lost his left leg. “After the amputation, I was not on any medical aid and this prevented me from getting a proper prosthetic leg,” He says. “At the government hospital, I was informed that I may have to wait up to five years before I receive a leg. This motivated me to look at other options.” Desperate and hopeless when no other options worked out, JP decided to make his own leg. “Using a few scrap metal pieces, some electrical tape, industrial silicone and a right foot that was donated to me, I made a leg for myself. It was not the best looking or best fitting one although it was functional enough for me to continue my job as a forklift driver,” He says. This leg, however, lacked the years of research and design that goes into quality prosthetic legs. That’s why JP’s quality of life improved so much when he received a quality prosthetic leg from Stand with Stan. “Thank you Stand with Stan for changing my outlook on life and making my day to day routine more comfortable,” he says.
Patrick, a 45 year old builder, was born in Zimbabwe but has been living in South Africa for most of his life, without family. Ten years ago, tragedy struck when Patrick was hit a motorcycle and was rushed to hospital. “All I can remember is that when I woke up, the doctor told me that they had to cut my leg off. I was devastated,” Patrick says. “I waited two years for a government-issued leg, but no luck. I decided that I have to continue working to keep myself going. Building was the only trade I knew, so I had no choice but to continue working as a builder – on my knees,” he says. Thankfully, this changed when Patrick received a prosthetic leg through Stand with Stan. “I never thought I would walk again,” he says, “Thank you to Stand with Stan for the help that you have given me. Now I can go back to leading a normal life.”
“In 2010 while on my way home, I was attacked by two men. I tried to fight them off, which resulted in the perpetrators shooting me twice in the abdomen.” Due to several complications at the hospital, the doctors had no choice but to amputate Mpho’s right leg above the knee. Although the government issued him a prosthetic leg, it was so ill-fitting that he only wore it for nine days and then decided to continue on crutches. “I remained on crutches until Stand with Stan assisted me with a brand new leg which is very comfortable. I can now walk with ease,” Mpho says.