Surgery: help at hand for victim of snakebite

2010-04-21 00:00

THE KZN Health Department has helped a 14-year-old boy from Ladysmith who nearly lost his arm to a snakebite.

Last year, after Nhlanhla Ngubo was bitten by a snake in his sleep, he was treated at Ladysmith Hospital for two weeks. After his release, he was told to go to the nearest clinic for daily wound dressings.

However, Nhlanhla was unable to go the clinic every day because it is 30 km from his home.

The flesh on his arm “dried up” and his arm began to rot.

Two weeks ago, The Witness reported the incident after being told by a neighbour, Nkosikhona Ndebele, about the boy’s desperate condition.

Yesterday, Chris Maxon, deputy manager of media liaison at the Health Department, said the boy’s injury had been attended to.

He said the boy was brought from Ladysmith to Grey’s Hospital for assessment on Monday. He will return in June to have plastic surgery performed on his arm, and doctors are confident the arm will heal.

Ndebele said he is very pleased that the boy has been assisted.

“This should show the community that they should not sit back when they can assist,” he said.

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