Qaphela Titus Gobodo was only 15-years-old when he received a scholarship for his favourite sport, rugby. His life was about to change forever, and this would set him up to play professional rugby in the future, however, tragedy struck after he received the good news. He was set on fire allegedly by jealous schoolmates and almost lost his life. He received first degree burns over his whole body. Qaphela was admitted to Tygerberg hospital for over 3 months. He says the first he looked in the mirror he was scared of his own reflection. When his sister came to visit him at the hospital for the first time she was shown Qaphela and said it wasn't her brother because she couldn't recognise him.
Qaphela needs funding to cover his medical expenses and bills incurred since 2016 for different surgeries and procedures. He also wants to start a foundation helping burn victims like himself. He hasn't given up on playing rugby and he has started training so he can be a professional rugby player. He said he needs help with dietary supplements and training as he feels weak sometimes. Qaphela said he intends to start a rugby organization in his community by helping black kids who come from disadvantage families to train and become professional rugby players. 13 September is the day he got burnt so on 13 September 2019 he wants to host an event.
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No arrests were made for his attackers.
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