“I BELIEVE I’m going to walk again,” says Mavis Mtonga, her beautiful face framed by a curly wig.
Sitting and chatting with Mavis, it is easy to overlook her inability to stand or walk, which is all covered up by her beauty and personable character. The 28-year-old is also possessed with a strong zest for life, something which has kept her going since her world changed on August 1, 2013.
Mavis was a 26-year-old fashion model when the vehicle driven by her father rolled three times after a tyre burst.
The accident happened when the family was travelling to Zambia from Botswana where they live. It was the family’s tradition to travel back home once every year, usually during the Christmas holiday.
Mavis was thrown out of the vehicle and broke a T10 vertebra, which is one of the 12 thoracic vertebrae in the spine.
She is now paralysed from waist down and confined to a wheelchair. Her aunt, whom she describes as “my best friend”, died a week later in hospital of her injuri…