Veteran actor Israel Matsek-Zulu is recovering well after a seven-year battle with gangrene that led to the amputation of his left leg.
The actor revealed in an interview with TshisaLIVE that he had gangrene for years without knowing he had gangrene, as his condition only worsened last year while filming for the Mzansi Magic TV series Gomora.
The legendary actor said he went to a lot of doctors but they didn’t understand what it was.
“I was very sick doing Gomora in 2021; I think I worked with them from March to August. In August I was in pain all over and couldn’t walk, but my illness originally started six or seven years ago .”
Israel said he would not have had his limbs amputated if doctors had caught his condition earlier. For several days, he was in excruciating pain, which he described as “electric shocks to his feet”, and the pain went straight to his heart.
He went to a gangrene specialist in Springs, who told him it starts in the toes and can affect the entire leg if left untreated.
“I was stopped by other inexperienced doctors who couldn’t see what was going on. I should have just clipped the big toe so they could stop it from there, so it grew by delaying the process, so I was told to Cut on the calf, below the knee or above. I didn’t know that until I went to the specialist in August.”
Israel said he was reluctant to have surgery, but was eventually persuaded by friends.
“I should have cut earlier and then I fought back because they wanted to cut me above the knee and the disease was only on the toes, so I put the paper down so they could cut me, but I changed my mind. Fourth At one point, I was in so much pain, and then my best friend convinced me to cut me off.”
The TV star had his leg amputated at Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mbombela, Mpumalanga province.
“When I got there, I was admitted, my leg was cut that night, and the next morning I had no pain until today. I’m so glad the pain is gone…I even forgot my leg was cut I do. Sometimes I fall and my mind always tells me you’re healed, you’re fresh, and my mind never accepts what’s going on.”
The actor is sure he will be rejuvenated soon.
“I only had to make two appointments with my doctor before I started putting my leg into the prosthesis. It was a process and it was very expensive, but it was all set for me and it wasn’t a problem.”
The 46-year-old said the loss of a leg didn’t affect his confidence: “My status, my craft is unmatched by anyone. I’m irreplaceable and irresistible, I’m like Nelson Mander One of the icons of Ra, Lebo Matosa, Brenda Fasi and Mandoza.”