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Boy's foot does not stop growing

Feb 5, 2013 | Sibongile Mashaba Mpumalanga Correspondent |   19 comments

THE mother of an 8 year old boy whose foot does not stop growing foresees a bleak future for her son.

deformed: The foot is twice its normal size.

Twoboy Shabangu, of Mangweni Trust near Tonga in Mpumalanga, has a foot swollen to nearly twice its size, with growths that keep expanding. The boy cannot walk properly and doctors at three hospitals could not help him.

His mother, Phindile Shabangu, 37, told Sowetan she had done all she could but was not getting help.

"My son developed a blister on his foot about five years ago. It grew to something like a boil but now it is worse. His foot won't stop growing," she said.

"I went to Tonga Hospital and they referred me to Shongwe Hospital. When I got there, they said I should go to Themba Hospital. I have also been referred to a hospital in Pretoria.

"I am unemployed and do not have money to travel. My son is suffering.

"They do not even give us pills at the hospitals. The last time I went to Tonga Hospital, in November, I was told he needs to go for an operation. But when they discovered I did not have an identity document they said they could not help us," a disheartened Shabangu said.

She said her mother, Christina Mkhabela, died in 1992 and she had no proof of her mother's identity, which is a hurdle for her to get an ID.

Shabangu has three children - Bongi, 19, Lucy, 15, and Twoboy. None of the children have birth certificates.

Mpumalanga department of health and social development spokesman Ronnie Masilela said they would attend to the family urgently.

He said social workers would be dispatched to investigate the case as soon as possible. - mashabas@sowetan.co.za

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