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'They told me I would never be able to walk, but here I am dancing again'

Written by: Qama Qukula

Fitness enthusiast and sportswear designer Christa Calitz has shared the story of how she reclaimed her life and fighting spirit after an accident that turned everything upside down.

Calitz is the founder of Fifth Element Activewear and has overcome many obstacles to get where she is today.

She started ballet at the age of five and her budding career as a classical dancer was interrupted when she was involved in an accident at 17.

Calitz fell out of a moving school bus when she was a teen and battled for many years to regain her life.

My plans for my future were all set. The only thing I wanted to do was dance.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

Unfortunately there was a fault with the door. I fell out while the bus was moving. It basically dragged me under, grazing my whole lower left leg to the point that they wanted to amputate it right there and then.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

My father asked if I want them to save my leg and I said yes, knowing that it might not be successful.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

She fought against medical advice to amputate her leg and began a long journey to rehabilitation.

Calitz spent two years in and out hospital, undergoing reconstructive surgery on her leg and battling with anxiety and depression.

I was mostly on crutches or in a wheelchair and even a waking stick at some point.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

I literally had learn how to walk again because they told me I would never be able to. But here I am now.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

I survived during that period. It was a process of almost grieving and going through phases of anger and denial.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

I never let go of my dream of dancing again.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

She started fitness training in 2015, nearly 20 years after the accident, and then decided to return to her passion - ballet - in September last year.

She's rekindle her spark for life, started her activewear brand and has been dancing for nine months.

Visit the Fifth Element website and Instagram for more.

Take a listen to her inspiring story:



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