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A homeless man stumbling through the streets caused quite the stir but one elderly couple approached him and realised he wasn’t intoxicated, he actually had a stroke!


Johannesburg, South Africa – Kaylie Place had seen our story about the homeless man on Durban beach being harassed and humiliated. She wanted to counteract the story of the harassment and share a beautiful story.

Kaylie’s grandparents had heard of a homeless man in their area. Kaylie’s grandmother spotted him crossing the road near her home and decided to help him out. She placed the man in her car and drove him home. Her husband searched for clothing while they gave him a place to bath and get cleaned up.

“More than a year ago my gran saw a homeless man stumbling across the road in her area, having never seen him before and having read some horrible comments on community watch groups in the area about him she decided to help him. She took him home and bathed and fed him, my grandfather found clothes for him and they both started looking for a way to get him off the streets.”

It was then they realised that this homeless man was not a drunk, but had suffered a stroke.

“It appeared that he had had a stroke at some point and didn’t remember much information about himself or his life. Not wanting to put him back on the streets they gave him a bed. They both started searching for a home or shelter for him, but everything turned up full.”

Adolphus thrived while living with his saviours. He stayed there for a year and during that time, he suffered a second stroke. The grandparents took him to a hospital where he got the care he needed. Once home, Kaylie’s grandparents started working to help Adolphus find his family.

“Each time he mentioned a family member or some clue about his life my grandfather would go searching, taking him on trips in Soweto to spark his memory and asking around for any of his family.

Eventually, through many trips to home affairs, they managed to locate his identity document and found him a place at a rest home in Soweto, where he could get the proper medical and frail care that he was starting to need as well as a social life! They still visit him, and continue to help out where they can at the rest home!”

Kaylie’s grandparents did this out of the goodness of their hearts and changed a life. It is a very happy ending to a story.

Sources: Supplied
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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