Boy’s suffering forgotten as toy store dream comes true
Little Zamokuhle, who has a congenital heart defect, got to fill a trolley with his favourite toys
When six-year-old Zamokuhle Msomi stepped into a toy store for the first time in his life, the suffering he’s had to endure from having a congenital heart defect was forgotten for a few hours.
He had taken two taxis to make the almost 90km journey from his home town of Mandeni on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast to the Gateway mall in Umhlanga, where the little boy, who also has deformed limbs, was given an exclusive shopping experience.
It’s always been Zamokuhle’s dream to play in a toy store and have a trolley full of his favourite toys.
So when the Reach for A Dream Foundation and Toys R Us South Africa offered to give him the gift of play, his struggling single mother, Nqobile, was overjoyed.
He was diagnosed with a hole in his heart at birth and was also unable to take his first steps because of a condition called genu-valgum, in which the knees angle in and touch each other when the legs are straightened.
He underwent corrective surgery in June and is due for heart surgery in March next year.
Zamokuhle, who is not attending school because of his condition, is a patient at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.
On crutches, Zamokuhle slowly made his way through the store, choosing his favourite toys. Four hours later he emerged with his trolley full of playthings, including ride-along, tipper truck and board games.
And he also made sure that he took a toy for his four-year-old brother.
“I just want to see him laugh and smile and be happy, and I am so glad he is feeling that way today,” said his mom.
“He was overjoyed when I told him we were going to make his dream come true with lots of toys, he just wants to feel like a normal child.”