From the early eighties to 1987 when I was attacked by a crocodile I was an avid spearfisherman spending most of my free time at Lake Kariba.
In February 1987 I went to Kariba for the weekend with my mates. We decided to spearfish at the entrance of the Gache Gache river on that particular Sunday afternoon and I was doing my last dive before we were going to head back to Harare. At this stage I had about 7 fish on my belt which was strapped around my waist and this was also obviously attractive to crocodiles.
As I was about to do my final dive I felt a nudge on the back of my head. I turned and saw a croc looking at me. It was a fairly big croc so my thoughts were not to agitate the croc in any way as it was about to strike. It was focused on my head which was now above water. I was petrified as I realised that I was about to be attacked and the only thought going through my head was that I had a family and two young boys.
My reaction was to slowly push myself away from the croc with my speargun.When I had pushed myself away at arm and speargun length I turned around and grabbed onto a petrified tree which was directly behind me. As I did so the croc latched onto my leg and what ensued was quite horrific. It shook me around like a dog shakes a rag doll. My friend who was fishing close to me in his boat immediately came to my rescue and the croc luckily backed off. My upper thigh and buttocks were badly torn open with quite a lot of bleeding. I was taken to Kariba hospital and from there onto the Avenues hospital in Harare. My wounds were fairly bad and I spent about three weeks in hospital as the infection was bad.
Thirty two years later I started getting pains in the heel of my foot to the extent that I was now limping. I thought at the time that it was a spur growing in the heel of my foot. I had also had some deep scars on my right thigh and buttocks, particularly on the front of the thigh which was completely numb. My son recommended I go and see Jane for treatment. At the time I didn’t connect the pain in my heel to my old croc injury, however three weeks after starting treatment with Jane I started to experience the most excruciating pain coming from the scar on the front of my leg.
This was not what I had expected to happen and was convinced that I needed to stop the Myoreformation! I sat for 15 mins of my appointment trying to explain that ‘the pain was so bad and clearly the treatment wasn’t working in fact had made it worse and that I should quit!’ Jane painstakingly explained to me that this was exactly why I shouldn’t quit as the nerves were regenerating and that the damaged nerves in my leg were more than likely the cause of the pain in my heel. Reluctantly I agreed to continue and within about a month the pains in my heel were gone and the deep scar that I had on my leg was actually starting to fill out and I could even feel like there was some form of muscle starting to develop under the scar.
I do believe that being pain free today is thanks to Myoreformation and persevering through the pain even when I thought I couldn’t go on. I am now fully recovered, pain free and no longer limp and I now see Jane once a month just to maintain good health.