Timukudze Jeremy "TJ" - South Africa
Our son "TJ" (Timukudze Jeremy) was born without a right hand and he is the healthiest, happiest 8-month-old you could ever wish for. We knew about his hand at birth so it came as a bit of a shock. However, we are great believers that there is a reason for everything and God does not make mistakes.
I used to worry about people staring at him when I took him out but I have realized it doesn’t matter if they stare and when they ask I just tell them he was born like that.
TJ came into our lives at a time when we had just been through a very traumatic incident. My husband Courtney was carjacked and held hostage for 4 hours, I was 8 months pregnant at the time and spent a couple of hours thinking my husband was dead! God was watching over him and he came back safely. I feel like it was God’s wake up call to us to say nothing matters more than the gift of life.
TJ has brought untold joy to us and he is such a talkative little fellow! I have attached some pics of him. I would love to chat to other parents so please make my email address available.
Update, May 2009.
TJ is now 3 and a half years old and I think his motto in life is why not!
He is a daredevil of note and loves anything with wheels that goes fast. Hi
birthday present this year will probably be a mini electric car!
He seems to have come to terms with the fact that he has no hand and he has
coped well. He once said to me, "I don't have a hand....its gone up up up
into the sky!" I had no comment seeing as he had it all figured out!
I do think he feels out of place when kids ask him what happened to his hand
and first my heart shattered into little pieces for him but now I believe it
is my civic duty t educate every man and his dog that everyone is different
and its ok.
I love everyday and every challenge we face. My next mission is to create a
local social group for parents and kids for South Africa and then broader
Africa so any suggestions are most welcome!
To communicate with TJ, you may contact Florence or Courtney via email.
If you want to be a SuperHands Kid or Hero, or know any inspiring stories that would be a benefit to this site's viewers, please send me an email.