Survivor back on her feet
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SURVIVOR Nombuso Mngoma has endured the worst of life’s tragedies, from being raped and hijacked to losing a child and her right leg.
She is happy to be alive and hopes that her story will change the lives of others. I’m still standing, excuse the pun,” she joked. Life is too short. I shed my tears and questioned why God chose me, but I’ve found the answer. I’m testimony that the human spirit can overcome almost anything.”
The 32-year-old from Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal was hijacked by three men in 2007 when she pulled into her home in Olifantsfontein, northeast of Joburg, one night.
They put my friend and me in the back. They drove to some veld A fourth guy joined them, they gave us a choice to live or die. I
…was so terrified, I’ve never prayed so much. Two guys raped my friend and the leader of the gang raped me. Then they drove to an ATM and told me to withdraw money and if I try to run away they will kill my friend.
I was then driven back home, but they wanted house valuables. Eventually they drove off in my car,” she said.
Mngoma, a Shell South Africa category manager, reported the crime to police.
The system failed me, these people were never arrested and my car was never found.”
Fearful of returning to her pad, she lived with friends. I went for counselling and decided enough was enough, these men can’t control me, and moved back to my house.”
After a year she found love and conceived her first child, but miscarried five months later.
She survived a terrible crash in 2009. The car was a write-off. I was so thankful for coming out without a scratch.”
In 2011 she was blessed with twins, two boys. I was over the moon… But just when I thought I was happy, I broke up with the father of my kids. But not even this got the better of me.”
A huge blow came early last year when her right leg was amputated a month after she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis.
I had this sudden pain in my foot the doctor told me I was fine. I refused to leave with the pain. After several tests I was told I had severe blood clots.
After five operations I was told they can’t save my leg, they must amputate. I was told to go home and spend time with my family in KZN for a few days and prepare myself for the operation.
But on her arrival home, I was rushed to Richards Bay hospital. I thought I was dying. My life was in danger and they amputated immediately from the knee down.”
Her prosthetic, which cost R90 000, has become her best accessory. I was not meant for a wheelchair. I was determined to walk again and do it quickly.” She also had her car modified. The joy that I was able to do normal things was indescribable. God has given me another chance at life.”
She’s also found love again.
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