Mom gets wheelchair for disabled son after carrying him for 23 years

Mom gets wheelchair for disabled son after carrying him for 23 years

- Zoliswa Simbuku carried her disabled son on her back for 23 years

- She didn't have a job and therefore couldn't afford a wheelchair

- A local nonprofit organisation has finally gifted her son a wheelchair

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A dedicated mom in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, carried her disabled son on her back for a staggering 23 years.

Thankfully, Zoliswa Simbuku finally has a reprieve thanks to a local nonprofit organisation which gifted her son a wheelchair, GroundUp reports.

Zoliswa's son, Masibulele, is unable to walk or talk, Briefly.co.za gathered. His illness developed when he was still an infant.

Zoliswa and her son Masibulele pictured with the latter's grandfather. Source: GroundUp

Zoliswa and her son Masibulele pictured with the latter's grandfather. Source: GroundUp

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Zoliswa hasn't had a job for a long time and therefore couldn't afford a wheelchair. The family survives on Masibulele's disability grant of just R1,600 per month.

The organisation which gifted Masibulele the wheelchair is known as Cofimvaba Advice Office. Its mission is to assist local residents address their social and legal issues.

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Its founder and director, Makaya Kambi, said when he first saw Zoliswa carrying her son on her back a few months ago, he thought the son was drunk.

He approached them and realised Masibulele in fact had a disability. Zoliswa's story touched him and he resolved to help them.

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Zoliswa expressed deep appreciation to Kambi for his kind gesture. She said she had even developed back pain as a result of Masibulele's weight:

That is all in the past now. I will be able to push him around on his wheelchair. I never knew this day would come. I am happy beyond words.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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