Injury could not put off gutsy Fikiswa

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The sad plight of 17-year-old Fikiswa Mhlanza, of Insingizi, a remote area in KwaZulu-Natal, is now over after Sowetan's involvement.

The teenager had to be carted to Insimbini High School every day in a wheelbarrow after a desk fell on her in August, injuring her left ankle.

She disclocated her ankle while cleaning her classroom and could not walk. Her parents had to push her 11km in a wheelbarrow because she was determined to complete grade 12.

Now Fikiswa is praising Sowetan and other Good Samaritans who came to her rescue.

She did not have money to go to hospital until Sowetan intervened. She was admitted to Usher Memorial Hospital in Kokstad for three days for treatment.

But her dislocated ankle is still swollen

"I'm better now and able to walk without a problem. I will be able to fulfil my dream to pursue my education at university next year," she said yesterday.

She is aiming high and wants to be an accountant.

Fikiswa said she was not worried about her matric results.

"I know what I wrote and my exams were not difficult because I had prepared.

"I want to make all those people who sympathised with me when they saw me in the wheelbarrow to be proud of me."

Luyanda Mutukushe, the doctor who treated Fikiswa, said her ankle muscle had twisted.

"It was not going to cause her permanent disability."