Mdudu eyes Canon SA Disabled Golf Open Challenge
Leg-amputee Simo Mdudu is relishing the challenge of three rounds of medal at the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open.
Resilient and positive – two words that sum up Mdudu’s character perfectly. Life as he had known it for the better part of 15 years changed almost instantly one winter’s day in 2015.
To be hit by a train going at full-bore is to experience unthinkable pain. Yet as Mdudu explains, the pain did not set in immediately.
“At first you don’t feel anything. It’s weird how you lose so much blood,” he recalls. “You see on the tv when someone is bleeding but when it happens to you the first ten minutes there’s nothing because you just feel nothing – it’s numb and everything. But after a while it kicks in and then it’s painful.”
A number of people came to Mdudu’s aid immediately after the accident. Complete strangers wrapped the youngster in jackets in an effort to keep him warm as rain beat down. After being taken to Groote Schuur hospital, Mdudu experienced an outpouring of support from school children from all across Cape Town who came to wish him well.