Anthony is fighting back

I might look like a soft target because I walk funny and one leg is shorter than the other, but they’ll be surprised to see I am NOT your Average Joe!”

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In April the Bulletin reported on an accident that happened on the Evander road. A BMW lost control, veered to the other side of the road and collided with a Hyundai Tucson. One life was lost in the Tucson and one in the BMW. Two people were severely injured and transported to hospital.
Today this young man that survived the accident is making a remarkable recovery with the help of family, friends and MMA.
Anthony was in hospital for 1 month and after that, he was in a wheelchair for a month and a half. He had to learn to walk with a walking frame followed by crutches. Not only did he break both his legs (four fractures) but also his back, ribs, pinkie finger and hurt his shoulder.
He joined a few of the MMA classes at Dominator’s Den before his accident. Paul “Piksteel” Ronge visited Anthony in the hospital in Alberton a few times and it was clear that from that moment on, Anthony would be known as Cyborg because of the two steel pins and four screws in his legs.
Before the accident Anthony loved jogging but his injuries made this impossible. He felt helpless and frustrated, but with the boxing bags at Dominator’s Den, he found a whole new discipline to assist him to cope with everything.
Once he was ready, he went back to Dominator’s Den and was welcomed back with open arms. There were never any doubts regarding his limited mobility – rather, together, a plan was made to overcome these obstacles and assist Anthony in his rehabilitation and emotional wellness. Even though his legs are technically speaking still broken, it doesn’t stop him from getting up, getting out and getting the exercise he needs. His positive attitude has a lot to do with the friend he lives with who also does MMA. The two work together at Checkmate, train together and push the other to extend their own limits. Anthony has been working at Checkmate for almost a year. Not once did his employers doubt that he will not return to work. Today they are extremely proud to have him back at Checkmate, happy and healthy.
“There is no excuse to not get up and exercise. I never feel like anybody is looking at me in a funny way or treating me differently. That is a big motivation to go back and keep on keeping on.” Anthony said.
He still has a long road ahead of him; four years until things will be “normal” for him again. Next year in March Anthony can start jogging again, once his screws and pins are removed and he cannot wait for the day to arrive to be running again.
With a gorgeous smile on his face, Anthony says: “I might look like a soft target because I walk funny and one leg is shorter than the other, but they’ll be surprised to see I am NOT your Average Joe!”
-Ané Prinsloo

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