It is one of our fastest-growing epidemics. But managing diabetes is complicated when diagnosed late – the main problem for most South Africans. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green spends time in a surgical ward where people living with complications from the condition often have to choose between amputation and death. And once they have lost a limb, their chances of getting a prosthetic one in the public sector is virtually zero.
Despite having undergone the amputation of half of her right foot three years ago due to diabetes, Morongwa Tsatsi (65) of Alexandra township still battles to follow the healthy diet required for her condition.
For teenager Lerato Mofokeng, while losing her arm was a traumatic experience, it has turned her into a brave speaker who now inspires other children with disabilities to overcome their own challenges.