"The Courageous and Inspirational Story of Michael Odysseos"
I had the the greatest honour and privilege to interview an amazing young man who beat all the odds!! This is a story of a Hero….the South African Hellene, Michael Odysseos.
Michael is a 39 year old proud Hellene who comes from a Cypriot Background. He was born and grew up in the Eastrand (Springs...Brakpan…Benoni) in South Africa. Like all young men, Michael was a happy , full of life- young man who enjoyed going out and especially enjoyed Soccer.
In 2006, while on his way to watch a World Cup match, Michael was involved in a horrific car accident. Michael was flung out of his car, while trying to avoid a drunk pedestrian who was crossing the freeway. He had multiple head injuries and was in a coma induced state for a very long time. His condition was 'touch and go'! Doctors also sadly told his parents that his injuries were very serious and due to his severe head injuries that they were not sure if he would ever function normally again.
Michael never gave up!
Through his perseverance and will to live…the will to live a normal life again…Michael beat all odds! Michael had to learn to walk again…he had to learn to eat and speak from the beginning. Not only did he achieve all this but he lives a very active life today. He has taken part in many Marathons and is a South African Motivational and Insprational Speaker.
Michaels Philosophy of life as told in his words after his experience are….Faith…Strength…..Energy!
Please enjoy this interview…of this incredible man…a true Greek Hero.
Michael After his Horrific Accident! & The car after the accident!
Written By: Efh Kanavou