Marinette Potgieter
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17 Jul 2015
11:46 am

VIDEO: Cancer patient goes for ride in Jaguar F-Type

Marinette Potgieter

Jaguar Nelspruit has treated Bongani Khubayi, 14, who is battling an advanced stage of bone cancer, to a ride in a Jaguar F-Type – the same model used in the latest James Bond film.

Bongani Khubayi and the sales manager of Jaguar Nelspruit, Clinton Laurens, after their ride in the Jaguar F-Type. Pic: Lowvelder

Not only did they visit Khubayi at Mediclinic Nelspruit, where he was receiving treatment, but they organised for a number of Jaguar owners to join a convoy that departed from the Jaguar showroom in Riverside to Gumtreez at Casterbridge in Bongani’s honour, Lowvelder reported.

Thirty people in seven Jaguars attended the event. Clinton Laurens, Jaguar Nelspruit’s sales manager, collected Bongani from the hospital in the Jaguar F-Type on Saturday.

Bongani relished every moment in the car. This day, he said, inspired him to become one of the few amputee race-car drivers in South Africa.

“When I start racing, I am going to go to Jaguar first and race for them,” Bongani said.

A prosthetist took his measurements last week. Bongani said he was hoping to receive his artificial leg soon. In addition to the breakfast and other freebies, Jaguar also handed over his first set of wheels, a Jaguar-branded wheelchair.

“Once I get better and learn how to walk with it, I can start looking to become a race-car driver,” said Bongani, who has been in Mediclinic Nelspruit since May 25, where he had been receiving chemotherapy.

Unfortunately his cancer had spread to his lungs, and his treatment will have to be augmented and prolonged.

– Caxton News Service