- Mhlengi Gwala, the triathlete who was brutally attacked with a chainsaw, is on the road to recovery
- The athlete said he has forgiving his attackers
- At this stage, no arrests have been made as yet, but investigations are ongoing
Mhlengi Gwala is a triathlete from Durban who managed to survive a terrifying chainsaw attack. He was discharged on Monday from hospital. He is prepared to selflessly forgive the men who hurt him and almost ended his career as an athlete.
On Tuesday, he had a brief telephonic interview with The Mercury where he said that he needed to forgive those who caused him great pain in order to be able to move on with his life.
“It is quite clear that they did not know what they were doing and they were wasting their time.”
“If I saw them today, I would honestly not know what to say to them. But I do know that as a person I have to forgive and let this go so I can be able to continue with my life.”
“I cannot go through life being angry.”
Gwala was attacked by 3 men early in the morning while he was training, earlier this month.
“There is still that pain because I am still healing but I can now put my foot down (to walk), but not for things like doing traditional dancing. But I am quite happy with the progress I have been making.”
Briefly.co.za learnt that Gwala had hope that he would be able to get back into his training right away, but he did not say much on the matter as the results may change.
His doctors have been very impressed with his recovery in the past few weeks, so much so that they have said that he could possibly be back in competition within a year.
“We are quite happy with the progress he has made so far, as it has been beyond what we had expected,” said Dr O’Sharran Singh, a plastic surgeon at St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.”
“He was able to take his first steps aided by the physiotherapist. It was a difficult operation that lasted about five hours. We had to repair his tendon, his nerves and his skin.”
“We normally see a number of chainsaw injuries, but not injuries like this that were deliberate.”
Gwala’s case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made thus far.
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