Madiba Magic

©2013 Edward C. Lunnon

Monday 24 June 2013: 6 years 9 months on …

Physical: Deuce/ Mental: ED

Madiba, we are told, is critically ill today. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

Exactly eighteen years ago, he stood at Ellis Park holding the Rugby World Cup aloft. The Springboks had beaten the All Blacks and were the 1995 World Cup Champions.

It is considered one of the turning points in the building of our fragile new democracy.

Pera and I were at the maternity ward of St George’s Hospital here in Port Elizabeth. We spent the day there!

It was a turning point in the life of one Phillip John Lunnon. Pera was 25 weeks pregnant with Phillip, but he had decided that today was the day. No more waiting for September!

Thanks to skilful work by the gynaecologists, thy managed to keep him in there … until on 7 July 1995 he was eventually brought into the world by Dr Ivan Berkowitz at 27 weeks!

He – all 1,3kg of him – lodged in an incubator at St Georges for about a month until his homecoming.

We will celebrate his 18th birthday in two weeks time. He is now our tallest family member at 192cm!

We are truly blessed with two wonderful sons.