Mr. Vusumuzi Mosomi's life took an unexpected turn during his seventh-grade year at Enxiweni Primary School in Tembisa. A playful day turned into a nightmare when he suddenly collapsed while playing with his friends. Rushed to the hospital, he was admitted for an entire week, only to receive a life-altering diagnosis: epilepsy. This vicious form of epilepsy led to frequent hospitalizations, disrupting his education and leaving him uncertain about the future.
As time passed, Mr. Mosomi's condition worsened, impacting both his mobility and speech. Despite various medical interventions, including stays at Weskopies Hospital and the Tswelopele Centre for the frail, there seemed to be no improvement in his condition. It was during this challenging period that Mr. Mosomi's mother learned about the Association for the Physically Disabled (APD) and its services. Determined to find assistance, she reached out to the APD office in Tembisa in March of 2014.
The APD staff promptly responded to their plea for help. The supervisor visited Mr. Mosomi's home for a comprehensive assessment, and it was clear that he needed extensive care. A compassionate caregiver was assigned to assist him, as he was already bedridden at that point. Through two months of dedicated and gentle exercises, bathing, and training, a glimmer of hope emerged. Mr. Mosomi's strength began to return, and with the aid of a caregiver, he could use a walker to move around.
However, just as progress was being made, a setback occurred. Mr. Mosomi fell ill, and his mother rushed him back to Tswelopele for immediate medical attention. After his recovery, they returned home, and once again, APD stepped in to support them. This time, it was in June of 2018. Remarkably, Mr. Mosomi's determination shone through, and his improvement was swift. By the end of October, he could sit up in bed unassisted, and by November, he was walking with the aid of a caregiver.
The ongoing support from APD continues to make a significant impact in Mr. Mosomi's life. His journey of recovery and resilience stands as a testament to the transformative power of the Home-Based Care (HBC) program. Mr. Mosomi's remarkable progress inspires us all, reinforcing the vital role that APD plays in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. In the face of adversity, his unwavering resilience has become a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges.
Join us in celebrating Mr. Vusumuzi Mosomi's indomitable spirit and his remarkable journey toward triumph. Through his story, we are reminded that with compassion, support, and a community that believes in the potential of every individual, the human spirit can overcome even the greatest obstacles.