ormer Miss South Africa and businesswoman Basetsana Kumalo has challenged herself to run 10KM after she fell at her son’s school on a rainy day in March 2016!
“I used to run 10km every day before my injury. To be back at it brought me to tears this morning. My God is an awesome God,” Basetsana Kumalo.
When Basetsana Kumalo slipped on the cobbles on that particular day it was when she finished watching her son play the piano at the school’s concert.
“Today I broke a barrier physically, mentally, and psychologically. Today I confronted my fear & challenged myself to do what I have been afraid to do, run 10km. March 2016 I fell at my son’s school on a rainy day, slipped on the cobbles after watching him play the piano at the school concert. I adjourned a meeting at work and said I would be back in an hour. It was important for me to be there for my son, as he was a nervous piano player. Well, I never made it back to work for 3 months,” shares Basetsana Kumalo.
She said that when she slipped and fell she wasn’t even wearing 6 inches, just a court shoe.
Dislocating her ankle
“When I slipped and fell I landed on the back of my head and got concussed, lost consciousness, and regained it. I then tried to stand up and after the fracture and that’s when I dislocated my ankle and it was dangling out of my socket. Now to hear your bones breaking multiple times is a pain I can never be able to put to words, the most grotesque & diabolical sound & pain,” says Basetsana Kumalo.
The Parents at the School
“The parents & the school were amazing. Some of the parents were doctors and they “shouted” at me, DO NOT MOVE! One of the moms brought Coca Cola to pick up my sugar levels and kept on giving me sips through the straw, a dear friend Caron Mosehla called Kumalo who was in a meeting to say I’ve just had a major fall and they are taking me to Milpark hospital.
The Ambulance Taking a while due to traffic
“The ambulance took a while due to traffic congestion because of the rain. One of the dads Michael Cabral said he was moving furniture the day before and the seats in his SUV were down. The sports coach brought the rugby stretcher, rolled me on it and the dads lifted the stretcher and put me in the car. Another dad stayed with me at the back and kept on saying “stay with me, don’t close your eyes, stay with me,” says Basetsana Kumalo.
Being Wheeled to ER
Basetsana says that the last thing she remembers is being wheeled to ER and her husband Romeo Kumalo being there and asked to sign papers.
“I woke up two days later after surgery as I was put on medication that would let me be out of pain before I came around. In essence, I suffered a complex comminuted fracture and dislocation of the right ankle. My injuries involved a spiral fracture of the fibula and lateral malleolus, an oblique fracture of the medial malleolus, and a transverse fracture of the posterior aspect of the tibia,” expresses Basetsana.
Road to recovery and being back at running
She says that she started slowly in January last year and tried to run but the pain was beyond excruciating, then she committed to Bikram Yoga (Hot Yoga), Pilates, and eating well.
“I remember thinking to myself when the doctors said you won’t be able to run again, especially when I was wheelchair-bound for weeks. I remember saying to the medical team “do your best and God will do the rest”. I started with 2km during #lockdown then 4km went up to 5km and so on. I run with 11 pins and 2 long plates and I have absolutely no pain,” shares Mme Kumalo.
Serving God who heals the broken
“I serve a God who heals the broken. Jehovah Rapha, our healer has showed up for me yet again. The spirit of the Lord led me today to share this testimony with you. So don’t give up, your faith will love mountains. Be bold, be courageous, don’t doubt, and BELIEVE. He did it for me and surely He will do it for you, whatever you are facing.”
She says that she also made a decision when she was convalescing (recover one’s health and strength over a period of time after an illness or medical treatment) at home for months that she will not have a pity party.
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Kids, happy mommy and pimping her rides (Wheelchair)
“I was thankful for each day I saw the sun. My kids came home to a happy mommy. I “pimped” my rides, my wheelchair, crutches (they had bling darling) my cast was neon pink and has its own wardrobe. I said to myself who’s mother was supposed to fall at school, why not me, what makes me so special. His grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every day! Have a good week ahead beloved. ♥️,” shares the Queen of Beauty Pageants.
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