- After being shot in 2011, Ben'j Hlatsi was left paralysed from his waist down
- Ben'j now wants to use his experience in life to motivate and inspire others going through tough times
- He shared a post to the #ImStaying group on Facebook and Stayers showered him with love
Ben'j Hlatsi is a living inspiration. Ben'j shared his story online in hopes of inspiring many out there. According to the young man, he was shot on 24 December, 2011 which unfortunately left him paralysed from the waist down.
This didn't stop Ben'j from persevering. Ben'j said he had never given up on himself despite the situation he was put in. Against all odds, he is alive today simply because he persevered in times of uncertainty.
He now wants to use his life experience to bring positivity and inspiration into the lives of those who are suffering.
Ben'j's full post in the #ImStaying group read:
"I'm Staying, simply because I never gave up on myself. After a gunshot (24 December, 2011) which left me paralysed from the waist down.
"Against all odds, I'm still alive and I use my life experience to bring positive influence, inspire those that are going through some tough times. You can't keep a good man down."
Stayers liked his post over 7 500 times and shared their thoughts in the comments section.
Janeane Matthews said:
"Superhero! Well done. Inspirational and role model."
Terrence Sifiso shared:
"Wow, this is an inspiration. A few days ago I got an epilepsy diagnosis and now I'm declared epileptic. To be honest I'm demotivated to pursue any of my goals but after seeing this I got some strength."
Lynne Bachinger wrote:
"Such a brave young man with such a positive attitude. A role model for many I am sure. Keep safe."
Gerda Martins Muller commented:
"That's the truth. I feel humbled by your determination."
William Mabena added:
"I feel like doing something about my life right now. Great inspiration. Godspeed brother."
In similar news, YEN.com.gh previously reported on a woman who shared the story of a local artist who works hard despite his disability. Surprise Khoza is a local artist that doesn't allow his disability to affect his passion or work. Jelena Mandic shared a few images of Surprise to the #ImStaying group. Part of her post read:
"Surprise studied fine art at Wits and specialises in painting and mixed media, creating South African art that views the world through his unique perspective."
A post on Suprise's Facebook page stated that he paints using either his mouth or his hands, depending on the artwork. Surprise also relies on a wheelchair for mobility and has prosthetic legs. Surprise utilises his body in whatever way he can.