Despite having fallen about 30m from Lions Head in Cape Town a week ago, former Angolan child soldier Jose Maria Joao is full of life and has taken the accident in his stride.
As with previous hardships he has faced, his fighting spirit arguably aided his survival.
He had no apparent brain injury and was eager to jump out of his hospital bed and back into his active lifestyle when News24 visited him.
Joao, who has been moved from the trauma ward to the orthopaedic ward, escaped the fall with fractured bones, a broken tibia and damage to his vertebrae, a kidney and a lung.
“It’s okay, it’s fine. That is life. Life is life,” he said in broken English on Friday afternoon, grinning and shrugging his shoulders beneath a flimsy gown.