35-year-old man, whose leg is swollen because of elephantiasis, wishes he could dance again

35-year-old man, whose leg is swollen because of elephantiasis, wishes he could dance again

- Mcebo Mthembu has lived with elephantiasis for 21 years

- His right leg is swollen

- He wishes he could dance again

A 35-year-old man living with elephantiasis has shared his experience of living with the condition for 21 years.

Mcebo has lived with elephantiasis for 21 years. Photo: Daily Sun

Mcebo has lived with elephantiasis for 21 years. Photo: Daily Sun

Mcebo Mthembu, from Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa said in an interview that he first noticed a sore on his right leg when he was in grade 8 in 1996.

He said:

A small sore developed on my foot and I ignored it. But it didn’t heal and my right leg started swelling.

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Despite seeking medical help and even consulting traditional healers over the years, the swelling persisted.

Some traditional healers even told him that he was bewitched. One gave him a herb which stopped the pain, although the swelling remained.

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Mcebo said his only wish now is to be able to dance to his favourite Kwaito songs, something he hasn't done for years.

According to experts, a parasite carried by mosquitoes causes elephantiasis.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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