In 2010, while working as a process engi-neer in China, Heinrich contracted a bac-terial infection which resulted in an ab-scess pressing up against his spinal cord.

The pressure damaged his spinal cord and left him paralysed from the neck down, a C6 quadriplegic.

In 2013 Heinrich registered to study. “The first year was the hardest but my experi-ence at NMMU has been great. Young, old and across all races, Viking and I were accepted and able to mingle very well.”

Viking, his service dog has helped him achieved his Diploma. “He deserves to graduate with me, he was present in all my classes,” said Heinrich, 45.

Heinrich who is currently completing his BTech Industrial Engineering praises the Industrial department for all the support he receives from Dr Lourens and the team.