width=300Wheelchair-bound Daniel gets wings

Thirty year old Daniel Ngcobo, who has Cerebral Palsy, was liberated from his wheelchair and all physical constraints as he ‘flew’ through the Durban sky in a tandem skydive. After suffering a little dizziness, Daniel said that he was not nervous for the jump and was so happy he did it.

Daniel was born with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, leaving him with a severe speech impediment and wheelchair bound. He and his mom, Phyllis have been part of our ‘family’ since pre school.

The 8000-feet jump was accomplished with instructor Vernon Kloppers, a qualified tandem skydive instructor from Eston Skydiving Centre.  Daniel landed safely on the ground with two thumbs up for his audience, which included his mom and niece.

Dominique de Klerk, a  4th year occupational therapy student at UKZN, and her lecturer Helga Koch – who has known Daniel for 6 years – had the idea of making his skydiving dream a reality.

“Daniel speaks to our students to give them insight into a person living with a disability,” said Koch. “He is open and vulnerable and speaks about issues often overlooked.”

Daniel’s skydive has left him ready for more life altering experiences – his next goal is to learn to drive.

[ Posted 10 March 2014 ]

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