Bhombela accident: boy outof danger

2010-10-13 00:00

A 10-year-old boy who was struck by a car in Bhomela, west of Shelly Beach, on Sunday is still in hospital but out of danger.

His mother, Thasi Danca, said she is relieved that her son is doing much better now.

The day the boy, Lethu Mzimakwe, was hit by the car on a rural road in Bhomela is one she will never forget.

“It was terrible. I had all these thoughts running through my head — whether he would make it or not. If he did, maybe he’d be mentally challenged because of his head injuries,” said Danca.

Lethu, who was coming from Sunday school, suffered severe head injuries when an Opel Astra knocked him down. A child with him ran to Danca and told her what had happened.

“I screamed then cried when I saw my son lying on the road helplessly and bleeding from the head,” she said.

She called the ambulance, but could not wait to get him to the hospital and drove him in a private car to Hibiscus Private Hospital.

“I felt that the ambulance was taking too long but it was on time …” she said.

Netcare911 medics met the family en route and he was airlifted to St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.

Lethu’s head was so swollen that he couldn’t open his right eye. Doctors said there were no fractures, but there was bleeding in his brain. “They said it would drain out and it has, and he has started speaking,” Danca said.

Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid of Port Shepstone police said a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated.

Eyewitnesses on the day indicated that Lethu had run in front of the car and the driver could not avoid the collision.

The driver reportedly remained at the scene to make sure the boy was taken to hospital.

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