Success Stories - DONOR FUNDS AT WORK
On June 16, 1995, Justin Govender was shot in the back and has been a paraplegic ever since. Justin first attended the Saint Giles Remedial gym in 1996 and started playing wheelchair basketball in 2002.
Justin fast became a wheelchair basketball sensation and competed in the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 as a member of Team South Africa. He was in Team South Africa again for the 2012 Paralympics.
When asked if Saint Giles had had a great impact on his recovery he said: “Absolutely! After the circumstances I found myself in after my injury not many people were willing to help me but the Remedial Gym, run then by Sport Slade, opened their doors to me and gave me hope. The Remedial Gym enabled me to recover sufficiently to a level where I could move onto competing in basketball. 10 years later I have enjoyed great success in the sport and am most thankful to Sport Slade and the gym for helping me to get where I am today.”
On 10 February 2008 Mohamed Ismail was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, leaving him in a semi – comatose state in hospital for months. During this time Mohamed’s musculature and strength deteriorated to such an extent that his mobility was severely hampered. It was only when he came to the Saint Giles gym in February 2011 that the first real signs of recovery became evident
“Since I have joined the gym my confidence has improved and with the help of the trainers it continues to improve. I am now able to walk short distances unaided and with a little help, a lot quicker than before. My balance and strength has increased substantially and coupled with improved flexibility, has helped me to move forward”
Mohamed’s commitment and patience, together with his daily exercise routine, have helped to improve him and we are very proud of his achievements to date
Dumisani Khumalo, a devoted husband and father of four kissed his family goodbye on the morning of Friday, 27th June 2014. He was looking forward to wrapping up his workday and spending some quality time with his loved ones over the weekend. That sadly, was not to be. Dumisani was the unfortunate victim of a “Hit and Run” in Ballito and had to be freed, barely conscious, from his mangled vehicle using the “jaws of life”.
He was rushed to Alberlito Hospital where he learnt that he had suffered a break of spinal discs C4 and C5 which meant that he would not have use of his legs, for a very long time. After 12 long days and nights in ICU, Dumisani was transferred to the Entabeni Hospital for further treatment and rehabilitation for 13 weeks. It was during this time that he was referred to the SAINT GILES Remedial Gymnasium.
“From barely being able to breathe, cough or sneeze without assistance, a significant improvement has been noted. My core strength has improved with the help of the capable SAINT GILES Gym team, who know exactly what they’re doing. I was always a hands on Dad and I can now continue adding value to my and my family’s life,” says a strong willed Dumisani.
He ended our interview with a quote by Winston Churchill that he says describes our gym staff perfectly: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”.