UK visitor’s park horror

2014-01-27 00:00

THE British tourist who was seriously injured when an elephant bull gored the car she was travelling in during a visit to the Kruger Park, will not be able to have children due to her injuries, she has told the English Daily Mail newspaper.

Sarah Brooks (30), a teacher from Lincolnshire in the east of Britain, and her fiancé Jans de Klerk (32), a South African who lives in the UK, had been driving behind the bull on December 30 when it attacked the car after giving three warnings.

Observers travelling behind Brooks and De Klerk were heard saying a YouTube video: “f***, they are brave” before they turned around and left the couple to their fate. It turns out Brooks, who was driving, was not being brave, but panicking.

“It was awful … I tried to turn around but could not get the car in reverse. I was totally hysterical. I was not used to the car,” she said, explaining the reverse gear was on the wrong side for her. “We kept moving forward,” said Brooks.

The bull, which had been critically wounded in an earlier fight and was in musth, rolled the car and gored it, cracking Brooks’s pelvis in four places and ripping open the back of her hips.

De Klerk escaped serious injury.

Brooks spent four days in a critical condition in the Nelspruit Mediclinic and was discharged after a week.

She will be using crutches for 12 weeks. She said her heart “fell into her stomach” when the doctors told her she would not be able to have children after her injuries.

“We had plans to have children.”

They were rushed to hospital by visitors who came upon their upside down hatchback some 25 minutes after the enraged bull had dragged it off the road.

Brooks said she was most shocked by the group of people in the car behind them who left them to their fate when the bull rolled their car, but posted a video of the attack two weeks later. Two of these people did visit her in the clinic. Brooks said they thought the elephant had to have killed both people in the car.

De Klerk said they had asked the group not to post the video, which has since caused even more trauma as people now blame Brooks for causing the elephant to attack and being put down as a result.

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