“If I say I was weak that’s an understatement… I was literally at death’s door. Doctors had given up everything… they said I must go home to die. I weighed less than 40kg… I could not walk, bath myself or eat on my own. It was the lowest point of my life,” he recalled.
While his family initially cared for him after he was discharged from hospital, they eventually booked him into a hospice nearby. Today, 10 years later, the 42-year-old, who is HIV-positive, has not only defied death, but is a living testimony that hospices are not necessarily places for people to die.
“Today I am living because of the care I received at St Luke’s Hospice. If they didn’t take me at that stage and make sure that I took my antiretroviral medication, I would have died. I always had a perception that hospices are places where people go to die, but not anymore,” he said.
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