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A mother’s devotion

*Struggling to care for my disabled son

A MOTHER’S LOVE: Malela with her son

In 1991, on a hot, humid day in Francistown, Mavis Malela gave birth to a baby boy, her third and final child.

Since then, her existence has been almost entirely reduced to that of caregiver.

Malela is 66 now and she is tired. She desperately needs help.

Her youngest, Ookeditse Malela, was born with water in the brain.

Severely disabled, the young man is completely paralysed on his left side. Epileptic, he cannot walk, talk, eat or even go to the bathroom by himself.

Unable to communicate, the 31-year-old is entirely dependent on his mother for everything, including changing his...

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