Become a paramedic

By Drum Digital
15 September 2011

IT’S his worst nightmare – arriving at an accident scene to find children have been injured. But Thabo Kebeni doesn’t let his emotions get the better of him.

As an advanced life support paramedic, the only thing on his mind is to do his best to stabilise the accident victims and save their lives.

Thabo (24) works for Netcare 911 in Joburg. Carrying out emergency procedures such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is all in a day’s work for this passionate paramedic. He’s also qualified to give pain medication to patients at an emergency scene and to drive the Netcare 911 ambulance.

“I work with a team of people who assist at accident scenes or other medical emergencies such as when people have a heart attack or stroke,” he explains.

“We are there to help people and to try to save their lives and we serve the community in the same way as doctors and policemen do.”

Thabo, who grew up in the Eastern Cape, always dreamt of becoming a doctor but his family didn’t have the money to put him through university. But luck was on his side: when he got his first job as a cleaner, he befriended someone who worked in the same building.

“He paid for me to do my first paramedic course and I’ve never looked back,” Thabo explains.

While Thabo’s days are unpredictable, one thing’s for sure: he’ll be thinking on his feet during a medical emergency.

Read the full article in the Drum of 23 September 2010

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