You know you’ll be okay if you find yourself in the care of advanced life support paramedic Angel Nefuri, who refused to allow obstacles get in his way to achieve his dream career.
Having nurtured a desire to be a medic for as long as he can remember, Nefuri, who hails from the Limpopo village of Tshakhuma, joined the South African National Defence Force as a paratrooper, volunteering as an ambulance assistant, after finishing school.
After his time in the army, he enrolled for a health sciences emergency medical care degree at the University of Johannesburg. Using all available funds to pay for his studies, he could not afford residence fees, so for the three years of his studies he slept in his car, using the campus sports facilities to wash and do laundry.
In an effort to pay his tuition fees for his final year so that he could complete his degree, he begged for money on a street corner. A member of the public posted a photograph of him on social media, which went viral: making his cause public knowledge.
The award of a bursary from the Gauteng City Region Academy enabled him to complete his studies. Today he is an advanced life support emergency care practitioner – a flight paramedic with a helicopter emergency medical service company.
Nefuri’s inspiration for his tireless work comes simply from wanting to help others: “Even as a young child growing up, it was my dream to be a heath care provider, so I could help my grandmother who suffers from arthritis. Little did I know it would become a dream I would have to sacrifice so much to achieve and persevere for so long to see realised.
“I get tremendous satisfaction from helping people. Knowing that I have contributed to improving someone’s health is just priceless. Helping children and the elderly, is a part of my job I find really rewarding. For me, caring for someone else’s life is both a privilege and an honour.” – Linda Doke
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