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Gershwin hopes to get a new prosthetic

Efforts are underway to help raise funds for a father of three from Parow to help him get a sports prosthetic leg.

Gershwin Fortune lost his left leg on 10 March 2018 while playing rugby in Greyton in the Overberg.

Since then the BackABuddy campaign came on board to help him raise funds for a new sports prosthetic leg. The goal is to reach R68 400. To date however, only R205,64 has been raised. Those interested in helping the athlete’s dream come true can visit the campaign’s website for more details. A new prosthetic leg will enable Gershwin to participate in sport codes in which he can stand up. For now, he can only compete sitting down.

He takes part in codes such as javelin, discus and shotput, according to information shared by the campaign.

“Within the first two to five minutes of the rugby game I stepped in a hole and was tackled. My leg then broke and I was taken to a hospital in Caledon.

“They could not help me and sent me to Worcester.

“I went for an operation the same day and another two thereafter. Sadly they told me that the operations were unsuccessful and they had to amputate my leg,” Gershwin told TygerBurger.

The first part of the nearly two years of his disability had not been easy.

“First it was very difficult to even get out of bed because I was still in a lot of pain. I could not do anything on my own because I was on crutches.

“I had to sell my car because I could not drive a manual car anymore. I had to buy an automatic car.

“I could also not walk far, so I was just at home lying in bed, but month after month I started feeling better and so I decided to go back to work,” he explains.

Gershwin, who lives at Arena Court in Sarel Cilliers Street, Parow West, works as a process operator at a dairy company. He also found it difficult at work as the department where he worked was upstairs, he says. “I had to walk upstairs every day. My hands became sore afterwards, but I had no choice but to carry on.”

The 27-year-old says he currently has a prosthetic leg that he got from the Conradie Hospital two months ago.

“I saw BackABuddy on Facebook and decided to get in touch with them to help me raise funds that I need for a new prosthetic.

“I think I will be able to reach my target. I already raised R30 000 on my own by hosting events and selling food,” he says.

Gershwin wishes to compete in local as well as international sporting events and even hopefully someday in the Paralympics with the aid of his sports prosthetic leg.

To help Gershwin, visit http://www.backabuddy.co.za/gerswhin-fortune

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