De­spite be­ing told that she has a few years to live, Ontlametse Phalatse didn’t al­low her con­di­tion to pre­vent her from dream­ing big. She was able to meet some fa­mous people, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma


Mh­longo, radio per­son­al­ity Redi Th­labi and sport per­son­al­ity Jimmy Tau.

Somizi wrote, “Wow. My an­gel is gone. You won this fight. You were told you will never live be­yond 13 years. You had 18 years of a great life.”

Do­mini­can Con­vent School, where Ontlametse ma­tric­u­lated last year, also sent their con­do­lences.

“Ontlametse was loved and was an in­spi­ra­tion to many people both at school and in the wider com­mu­nity,” the school said.


Dur­ing in­ter­views, Ontlametse said her con­di­tion has in­spired her to work even harder and achieve some of her dreams.

She bat­tled against the con­di­tion to com­plete her high school ed­u­ca­tion and said she wanted to fur­ther her stud­ies and be­come a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, life coach and a psy­chol­o­gist. She con­tin­ued on do­ing short cour­ses that would help her to be­come a life coach. Ontlametse wanted to write a book and have her own show where she would reach out to more people.

Young, ar­tic­u­late and vi­brate Ontlametse left people with smiles wher­ever she went.

But some par­ents were scared that her con­di­tion might af­fect their chil­dren badly. This, how­ever, didn’t dampen Ontlametse’s high spir­its be­cause she un­der­stood that people didn’t know enough about her con­di­tion. As a re­sult, she went on to learn more about her con­di­tion. The dis­or­der took its toll on her own fam­ily, but they raised her to be the strong woman she be­came.

“I ac­cepted to live with proge­ria and was thank­ful enough for hav­ing the fam­ily that sup­ported me through­out my life,” she said.

Even when Ontlametse went to the doctors to seek help and they gave her wrong med­i­ca­tion, she sur­vived that and lived an hon­est healthy life. Her mother, Bella, de­clined to com­ment, saying she was still griev­ing.


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