Man’s arm amputated during rescue

2014-06-26 11:12
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Johannesburg - A man's arm was amputated before he was rescued on Thursday morning from a building which collapsed in Power Park, Soweto, Johannesburg emergency management services said.

"The man was taken out after 03:00, and it was difficult for the trauma doctors to access him so we had to gain access from under the site," spokesperson Nana Radebe said.

"His arm was amputated while he was still trapped because we could not [remove it from under the rubble], because it could destabilise the area and cause a secondary collapse."

He was pinned to the ground by a beam on his hand. The rescue team had to remove metals, beams, and concrete to help him. He was taken to hospital in a stable but critical condition, she said.

This brought the number of people rescued to five. One person died after the building, an old power station behind the Orlando towers, collapsed on Wednesday.

"So far we have no confirmation of any other person being trapped," Radebe said.

Operations to stabilise the building would resume shortly before 10:00 using specialised equipment.

On Wednesday, Radebe said paramedics received a call from an injured man who claimed to have been part of a group allegedly trying to steal cables and metal from the building.

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