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To hell and back … the story of ‘Gedagte’ – The Namibian

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These are Luciano Lambert’s words, and they are also the opening lines of his yet-to be published book, titled “Attempted Murder Survivor”.

But, those who knew Lambert before his life-changing encounter with fate wouldn’t expect to hear this from him.

In fact, the ex-student who professed to be a brilliant student made the schoolgrounds the top spot for cannabis-selling, which led to him being expelled from several schools.

Lambert, also known as ‘Gedagte’, describes his near-fatal encounter as his greatest gift – in disguise.

“It was Sunday, 11 August 2019, and all I remember is that we were celebrating my friend’s birthday with drinks. About a month later I woke up in a hospital bed – connected to all sorts of devices,” he says.

His former girlfriend, who he calls ‘Bonnie’ is the only witness in a criminal case that was opened after the incident.

Lambert says he was taken to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital where his family was informed that he would either be brain dead or die as a result his injuries.

He says that he sustained a severe head injury from an attack with an unknown object. He also suffered a depressed skull fracture, with bone fragments and pieces of foreign bodies in his brain tissue.

“I was hurried to the theatre for an emergency craniotomy to remove the bony fragments, and my condition improved. I had to go for a second operation on 25 August 2019 for skull repairs, before being sent to Windhoek Central Hospital, where I was bedridden for two months,” he says.

He said that he was unable to walk, talk, read, write and even retain some of his memories at this point.

He claims that he was discharged in this condition.

“My eyesight was blurry and sensitive to light. Because my brain couldn’t process the sounds and arrange them in meaningful patterns, I was unable to carry on a telephonic conversation.

“I could not taste or smell, and even worse, I have lost my balance and depth and distance perception,” he says.

REJECTION

Bonnie, his friends, gave him a cold shoulder when he returned to the only job he knew.

He says that this rejection led to his drug addiction.

One person kept supporting him though – his mother.

“Whether on drugs or not, my mother forced me to pray with her. After a session of smoking, I returned home and sat in front the house.

“Thinking about my meaningless life, I heard a voice reminding me that I have been everywhere and tried everything except God,” he says.

Lambert said that this was the beginning of a series events that would lead to his transformation.

STANDING TALL

He says it took him approximately a year for his senses to return to normal.

Lambert is an author, speaker, and founder of Gedagte Investment CC.

He sells clothing and merchandise with positive messages.

He is still vocally challenged but he doesn’t have any worries about his situation.

“I have truly come to believe that when we are struck down by adversity, God weeps with us. Then, because we are loved, He heals us in ways we can never imagine.”

Source: namibian

By Chala Dandessa

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