8-year-old to spend Christmas at home after life-threatening sepsis complication

Salsolburg born eight-year-old, Owethu Chibure, will be with his family for the festive season, after having spent nine months of extensive rehabilitation at a Johannesburg hospital.

Owethu contracted a meningococcus bacterial infection that resulted in his limbs having to be amputated earlier this year.

He suffered a life-threatening sepsis complication, doctors had to amputate both his legs below the knees, as well as his left hand and all of the fingers on his right hand.

Medical practitioner at Netcare, Dr Veronica Wilson, explains the meningococcus bacterial infection.

It's very serious, it affects the lining of the brain, it's common in crowded communities, hostels, university and school hostels.

Dr. Veronica Wilson, medical practitioner at Netcare

The form that Owethu had, caused infection not only in the lining of the brain but in the rest of his body as well.

Dr. Veronica Wilson, medical practitioner at Netcare

Wilson says Owethu has been equipped to live in the community again.

Bare in mind that Owethu didn't speak English when he came to the hospital. He speaks good English now. Everybody in the hospital likes him now.

Dr. Veronica Wilson, medical practitioner at Netcare

In order to allow Owethu to be reintegrated into his community, they did a whole series of role plays to him, to show him how people will react to him in his community.

Dr. Veronica Wilson, medical practitioner at Netcare

Listen to the audio below to hear more about the meningococcus bacterial infection...

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