Seven-year-old critical after bus runs him over

2010-01-15 00:00

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy is in a critical condition in Grey’s Hospital after he was knocked down by a bus on the second day of school yesterday morning.

Thabani Mthembu of the Maqongqo area in Table Mountain was walking with friends to school on Table Mountain Road when the accident happened.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said two buses were reportedly following each other when the driver of one allegedly lost control and hit Thabani. She said the young boy suffered severe head and body injuries.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said on their arrival at the scene witnesses had already taken Mthembu to a nearby clinic.

“We rushed to the clinic and found the boy in a serious condition. Due to the seriousness of the head injuries he sustained, paramedics had to perform advanced life support intervention to stabilise him.

“The boy was then transported to Northdale Hospital,” Banks said.

The hospital, according to it’s spokeswoman Thokozani Khumalo, had to transfer Mthembu to Grey’s as he needed advanced medical treatment for his injuries.

At Grey’s, The Witness found doctors still working on Thabani. His traumatised grandmother was sitting rocking on a bench, waiting to hear about his prognosis.

She could not talk due to the shock of seeing her grandson in that condition.

Hospital spokesman Jabulani Ngubane said doctors are most concerned about Thabani’s left eye and that he will be scanned today to ascertain the extent of his injuries.

“Scan results will then enable them to perform the necessary operation and treatment,” Ngubane said.

Police said they do not know what company owns the bus, but are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving against the driver.

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