Boy severely injured by brick regains his speech

2015-06-08 11:34
Justin Slabbert and his son, Caden. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Netwerk24)

Justin Slabbert and his son, Caden. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - The 8-year-old Krugersdorp boy who was severely injured when a brick was thrown through a car window on the N12 highway is recovering steadily, his father has said.

Netwerk24 reported on Monday that Caden Slabbert, 8, has started to speak more than a month after the incident. He has also started to walk again.

"You are my hero," said Caden to his father Justin Slabbert.

Caden was initially in an induced coma and part of his skull was removed to relieve pressure on his brain. Doctors are closely monitoring his progress, and will consider rebuilding his skull in the next four weeks.

His speech was severely affected as a result of the brain injuries he sustained, but it improves each day, his father said.

"Caden is a miracle. Due to the nature of his head injuries, we did not expect that he would start talking by now. He really is my hero, a real little fighter.

"It's not nice to see your child after such a traumatic event. But I believe he will recover fully."

Caden and Marionette Schwab, 42, were injured in separate incidents on April 30 when bricks were thrown off a bridge near The Glen shopping centre. Both are recovering in the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Schwab is struggling with her memory and hearing in her left ear, a friend told Netwerk24. Her muscles are also still weak, and she will only be able to return to work in about three months.

Metro police officials said at the time of the incident that they believed the man who allegedly threw the bricks was mentally unstable.

A case had been opened on May 2 regarding the incident.

No arrests had been made, Mondeor police station spokesperson Sibongile Mguni said at the time.

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