Five months ago Nana was confined to her bed as a result of a disease that caused her leg to swell to a diameter of more than 1.5 meters. Now after receiving treatment in Johannesburg, Nana is mobile once more and is looking forward to a triumphant return to her home on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.
Known as “the elephant woman” in her home village of rural Gcilima, Nana’s leg had grown to such a tremendous size that she was unable to leave her home. She has been battling her illness for the past five years and spent the last two bedridden and totally reliant on her family. Moving her was a task her supportive family found challenging because it took as many as nine people to achieve this. Even her wedding had to be planned around her enormous, heavy leg and she married her husband from her bed.