Sick granny receives a wheelchair
A NORTH West granny, who had to crawl to get around her home, was pleasantly surprised on Women's Day when a young couple brought her a wheelchair.
Kitso Seitshiro and Yolanda Oliphant of Moletsane, Soweto, spent the day with Nthonthi Tshwaame of Makolokoe village, near Brits.
Tshwaame, 73, can't walk after an injury to her leg, is deaf and suffers from hypersomnia, a disorder that causes excessive sleepiness.
Her plight was highlighted in Sowetan last month.
The couple brought Tshwaame an aluminium wheelchair. They brought along builder, Olebogeng Seleka, to build ramps.
They also bought her bags full of groceries.
A ramp was built from the kitchen door to the cooking area, another one to the toilet, about 20m from the house, and a third one to the tap so that Tshwaame must not struggle to get water.
The couple cooked and spent time with Tshwaame while the concrete dried.
"We wanted to make this significant day special for the granny. She has no one, so we decided to surprise her and tell her that we love her," the kind couple said.
Sayeed Mather, a doctor in Mahikeng, said that hypersomnia can be cured with the right treatment.
- tshehleb@sowetan. co.za