Stepping out: prostheses gives young girl a new lease on life

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Stepping out: prostheses gives young girl a new lease on life

It’s been a long walk to freedom for some SA amputees, but the waiting list for hundreds of others is daunting

Senior reporter

When 11-old Siphosethu Sisi Ncandana put on her new prosthetic legs and walked around for the first time, Brian Paddey was overcome with joy.

Paddey, who survived a motorcycle accident and learnt to live with a prosthetic leg, has devoted his life to helping amputees and Siphosethu’s face made it all worth it. 

Paddey, who is chair of the Amputee Support Group, was alerted to her plight by her teacher Cya Nyatela at Stephen Nkomo Primary School in KwaNobuhle in 2019, and he was struck by the then-tiny nine-year-old girl walking around on her stumps with a smile on her face...

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