Henke Pistorius: "Oscar has more fighting spirit than anyone I know"

2014-09-19 15:00


The Blade Runner's dad has opened up for the first time about his sons' childhood challenges, the lengthy court case and the tragedy facing two families.

For the past 18 months Henke's absence from court proceedings led to a lot of speculation from people, but he's set the record straight about this and many other rumours during a lengthy interview with You magazine.

Henke explained to the mag that the past 18 months have been almost unbearable at times. "It's every parent's nightmare. You never think so much drama would ever happen to your child. You live your life and then, suddenly, your life is on the front pages of newspapers and all over TV," he explained.

Oscar's dad compared the past 18 months to moments after Oscar was born and they realised that he was 'different' to other little kids.

He described how they had to make the hardest decision of their lives to amputate Oscar's legs from below the knees, but he always believed that Oscar was exactly the way God intended him to be.

Speaking about Oscar's challenges as a child and comparing it to the challenges he's faced over the past 18 months, Henke spoke proudly of the paralympian's fighting spirit.

"I remember when he was in nursery school I once saw the other boys shove him to the ground. I bought him a punching bag and taught him to box," he explained. Adding, "That son of mine has more fighting spirit than anyone I know."

Henke said that people need to know that if Oscar said he was afraid that night when he heard what was burglars, then there was a real fear.

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