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Katleho gets new lease of life with prosthetic leg

20 August 2014
Katleho Seheri is a vibrant 17-year-old, grade 11 pupil, who attends Leondale High School in Germiston.  The teenage girl was forced to repeat grade 11 this year due to a long absence from school caused by illness in 2013.

In February last year, Katleho developed pain in both her feet.  This was the beginning of a nightmare that ended in her requiring a below knee amputation of her right leg, in November.
For many months doctors at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital were baffled by the condition that continued to return negative test results.  Her foot eventually auto-amputated prior to the operation, due to gangrene.

The brave girl returned to school in January this year, walking with the aid of crutches, and yearning for the day her family could afford a prosthetic limb for her.  After seeing StandwithStan NPC featured on television news one night, Katleho excitedly completed the application forms in the hope she would be successful in her application for a new leg & foot. 

Upon hearing her story, SPAR– North Rand very generously donated the funds to StandwithStan Non-Profit & Public Benefit Organisation, for her prosthesis.  She has since been to the medical prosthetist for assessment & fittings, and received her prosthesis in August.  She has since taken part in, and finished, the SPAR Women’s Challenge 5km walk.

It is this kind of life changing moment that SPAR North Rand strives to create every year with the SPAR Women's Challenge race.

Good Morning Angels is one of the major beneficiaries and this is just one example of what could be achived through team work.
 Katleho stated that she would never forget the day when she received a call from Jacaranda Good Morning Angels. 

“This has been the best news I have gotten all year. I felt so shocked, surprised, excited – every emotion you could think of. I believe that this will open doors for me and that I will be able to reach my full potential,” she said bursting with joy.

“I am so grateful and will enjoy my prosthetic leg in every way possible. All of this was possible because of the support I got, so I would like to say thank you to God, my parents, friends and family, teachers and everyone who showed me love. Most importantly I would like to thank Stand With Stan, Jacaranda FM and SPAR for making all this possible for me.”

With their long standing tradition for philanthropic efforts, Jacaranda Good Morning Angels is the perfect partner to complement the 2014 SPAR Women's Challenge Campaign; My Shoes, Your Shoes. The campaign is inviting women across Gauteng to pay closer attention to what it truly means to walk in another woman's shoes and is challenging participants to walk or run the race in honour of someone who cannot.

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