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Sibusiso Msomi is appealing for help as he’s run out of ideas. Photo by Jabulani Langa  ~ 

WHAT started out as a small wound on his left foot eight years ago has left him crippled for life!

Sbusiso Msomi (33), from Bhemela Village in Port Shepstone, suffers from a swollen leg that doesn’t respond to treatment.

He told Daily Sun he has spoken to hospitals, sangomas and spiritual healers but they cannot help him.

“I have run out of ideas about where to go for help.

“I have tried both Western and African muthi but my leg remains the same,” said Sbusiso.

He said it was a nightmare when he had to quit his job as an electrician in 2013 because he couldn’t walk properly.

“I rely on my parents for food, clothes and even toiletries. I can’t raise my child as I am unemployable. This really hurts because I should be looking after my family but I am their burden.”

Sbusiso buys oversized trousers to accommodate his swollen leg.

He said when the leg is itchy and painful, he uses a thick brush to scratch it and takes strong painkillers.

“Nurses said the condition looked like elephantiasis caused by kidney failure, but when they run tests they find my kidneys have never had a problem.

“Traditional healers tell me different stories about witchcraft but none of them are able to help me.”

SA Traditional Healers Association president, Sazi Mhlongo, said it is it rare for traditional healers to cure such a condition.

KZN Health spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi said the department doesn’t discuss clinical matters with other parties unless authorised to do so by law.

He said: “The department can confirm he has been advised to go to a hospital for further consultation.”

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