Elderly woman sets self on fire

2013-04-26 08:51

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 Bloemfontein - An elderly woman is in a critical condition in hospital after she set herself on fire.

Aletta Steenkamp, 71, apparently poured benzene over herself and set it on fire, reported Volksblad.

She sustained serious third-degree burns all over her body and was in intensive care at the Mediclinic in Bloemfontein.

She was on a ventilator and also had internal injuries.

Steenkamp apparently lives with her children.

A hospital spokesperson said a worrying number of people try to end their lives around seasonal changes in April and August.

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