- Sandile Mkhize suffered a motorbike accident in 2013
- It left him paralysed from the chest downwards
- However, he lives his life to the fullest
A brave and determined South African has not allowed his disability to prevent him from living life to the fullest.
Sandile Mkhize was a fitness enthusiast who played rugby until a motorbike accident left him paralysed from the chest down in 2013.
Briefly.co.za learned that he was in and out of hospital for two and a half years. His sudden disability sank him into depression for a while.
In a video feature on EWN, Sandile described how he felt:
I think the scariest thing was realising that my identity was stripped away. You try to make sense of it, but it's funny how your brain doesn't accept it immediately.
Fortunately, he had friends and family who helped him through that period. He had to learn almost everything again, including dressing himself, going to the bathroom, and interacting with people.
Sandile said trying to make himself useful is what drove him to overcome his depression.
He said society has not fully learned how to interact with people with disability. For instance, many businesses still don't have facilities for disabled people.
Incredibly, Sandile has maintained his enthusiasm for gym and fitness. He trains several days a week and has participated in the Wings for Life race, which raises money for spinal cord research.
In addition, Sandile is a regular speaker on disability issues. He said:
My purpose in life has changed. Being out there and speaking about these issues is kind of my therapy as well, because it helps me deal with everything I'm going through.
Watch Sandile talk about his inspirational life below.
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