Netcare 911 makes a lad’s dream ride come true

2012-01-13 00:00

A RIDE in an ambulance, this time upfront though and not as a patient, was a dream come true for a Howick youngster.

For as long as he can remember Kyle Wright has wanted to be a paramedic.

This dream only became stronger when a gravely ill Kyle, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had to be transferred to hospital by ambulance a few years ago.

This festive season Kyle’s long cherished dream was realised.

Peter Feurstein, Operations Director of Netcare 911, said the team was so inspired by the enthusiastic 20-year-old and his passionate interest in emergency medical care that they assisted him experience his life’s passion first hand.

Anthea Wright, Kyle’s mother, says that ever since Kyle was a little boy he has had a fascination for ambulances.

“This interest developed into an absolute passion after Kyle required emergency care three years ago and was transported in an ambulance from our home in Howick to Pietermaritzburg for treatment,” she says.

When planning what to give Kyle for Christmas, Wright contacted Netcare St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg to find out how a paramedic uniform could be obtained. Louis Joubert, General Manager of Netcare St Anne’s Hospital explains how plans were quickly made to ensure that Kyle could be taken on a special trip in an ambulance — this time in the front seat and in his very own Netcare 911 uniform.

“As a facility that is committed to serving our community we were happy to provide this ardent young man with a memory that he could cherish forever,” says Joubert.

A few days ahead of Christmas Day Kyle’s parents took him to Netcare St Anne’s Hospital where he was introduced to the Netcare 911 team and presented with his own paramedic uniform.

This was followed by a special trip in the company of a group of Netcare 911 paramedics. The experience left Kyle speechless with joy and excitement.

According to Wright, the time Kyle spent with the Netcare 911 paramedics was the highlight of his year.

“Kyle was in his element throughout the experience. He was thrilled to be involved and to be made to feel like a part of the team,” she says.

Wright relates that Kyle was so proud of his experience that he even wore his Netcare 911 jumpsuit to church the following Sunday.

Feurstein points out that while Netcare 911 uniforms are not usually available to members of the public, the team felt it would make the experience extra special for Kyle if he could be provided with his own Netcare 911 jumpsuit. “An appropriate second-hand uniform in Kyle’s size was located and given to Kyle on the day. Strict measures were adopted to ensure that patients requiring emergency medical attention would not be compromised in any way during the half-hour that Kyle was in the ambulance.”

“The Netcare 911 team was deeply touched by this exceptional and passionate young man.

“We were humbled to see the excitement on Kyle’s face throughout his experience and were pleased to have played a part in making his dream come true.”

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