'Believe in yourself': Determined lady graduates despite being deaf and paralysed

'Believe in yourself': Determined lady graduates despite being deaf and paralysed

- Mbali is deaf and suffered paralysis on one side of her body during her studies

- However, she did not let her disability get in the way of her dreams

- She graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

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A determined woman has graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal despite being deaf and suffering hemiplegia during her studies.

Mbali Sithole obtained her Bachelor of Education degree on 19 April, Briefly.co.za learned.

According to ndabaonlie.ukzn.ac.za, Mbali suffered hemiplegia on the right side of her body. This meant that her right side was paralysed.

However, Mbali never let her disability come in the way of her dreams. In an interview, she said:

My friend Nathan persuaded me to study at UKZN. I didn’t even believe him or even know that universities take deaf students.
Being at UKZN has changed my life and this is where I began to pursue my goals. The University has restored what I lost through my disability.

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The brave graduate added that the secrets to her success are prayer and hard work. In addition, she never compares herself to others.

Her plan is to obtain a postgraduate degree and become a teacher for the hearing-impaired. She thanked her family, friends and the UKZN Disability Support Unit for their support.

This was Mbali's advice to those in similar situations:

To those that are faced with disabilities and various issues, always have faith and believe in yourself. Never let anyone take advantage of your situation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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