-Thembi was born with arthrogryposis, a disorder that caused his bones to ridge and when he was just 12 days old his biological mother left him
- Louisa Hobson took Thembi in and has cared for him ever since
- His life became a little brighter for a day when his idols, the Proteas, came to visit him
Tiny Thembinkosi ‘Thembi’ Matshimane, a brave little boy from Ga-Rankuwa was born with a severe and rare muscle disorder called arthrogryposis, which caused his joints to ridge from early stages of development within the womb.
Thembi unfortunately has no mother as she left him just 12 days after birth as she was too overwhelmed with his disorder and the lifelong responsibility that came along with it. He was taken in by care of by an ‘angel’, by his foster mother Louisa Hobson. Thembi has been at Charlene’s Place of Safety. Louisa’s opened the orphanage to care for children affected by Aids or disabilities, in honor of her daughter who died from Aids.
The Netcare Foundation kindly donated a wheelchair to Thembi for his 11th birthday. When the foundation was there, Louisa had shared with them Thembi’s excitement for cricket and that he was a patriotic supporter of the Proteas.
“He knows everything about the game and would no doubt be a cricket star if he had the use of his limbs. He dreams of one day meeting the national cricket team and becoming a commentator,” she told Netcare in August 2016.
Thembi’s dreams came true this week when his most loved team, the Proteas, came to visit him. A selfless and simple act of kindness from South Africa’s Cricket team fulfilled a tiny boys every dream and gave a little sunshine to his life.
“Yet it was also quite clear that he was a lovely, bright boy. Today Thembi is a cheerful youngster who doesn’t see himself as disabled and has always been a source of great cheer to all of us at Charlene’s Place of Safety.” Louisa expressed with heartfelt gratitude.
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If you’d like to support Charlene’s Place of Safety or contribute to Thembi’s care, please contact Louisa Hobson on 072 456 5773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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