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Teen hit by VIP car 'recovering miraculously'

2012-01-23 09:24

Johannesburg - Thomas Ferreira, the matric pupil who was critically injured after being knocked down by a blue-light vehicle in November, was making a miraculous recovery, according to reports on Monday.

A week ago Ferreira, who doctors at the time thought would suffer permanent brain damage, spoke for the first time and said "Hello", The Times reported.

The 18-year-old, who was in a coma until two weeks ago, was injured while riding a motorcycle in Krugersdorp on the first weekend of November.

He was struck by a car carrying housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi when its blue light was turned on to cross a red traffic light.

Eating more


Police confirmed on November 9 that a case of reckless or negligent driving had been opened against the driver, Semitsi Modomai.

At that time Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane publicly promised to cover the costs of the teenager's medical bills.

The Times reported that until just over a week ago, the Hoƫrskool Bastion pupil, who was unable to sit for his matric exams because of the accident, could only stomach mashed potato.

But he reportedly ate two boerewors rolls and drank a glass of fruit juice during a family picnic in the garden area of the Riverfield Lodge rehabilitation unit in Randburg, northern Johannesburg, where he has been since December 30.

"A couple of days ago he wouldn't even show emotion at all," said his father, Peter.

"It's going to be a very long road still. Doctors say it's still early to tell [whether he will make a full recovery]. But we're looking at him returning home at the end of March."

Putting on weight


During the picnic Thomas's mother, Priscilla, reportedly helped her son stand up and take a few steps to his wheelchair.

"He's even developing a good appetite. He weighed 70kg before the accident, and fell to 49kg when he entered rehab. But he's steadily put on weight," she said.

Last week, department spokesperson Mongezi Mnyani told the newspaper he had "a fruitful discussion" with the family two weeks ago and that he would go back to them this week, The Times reported.

"We are now finalising some of the suggestions made at the meeting to ensure Thomas's recovery is realised.

"At this stage I am not at liberty to provide all the details of what was discussed. But I can confirm that we're looking at all possible solutions and options at our disposal," Mnyani said.

Comments
  • Johan - 2012-01-23 09:29

    Good for you Thomas, happy to hear you are doing well.

      Fredster - 2012-01-23 10:17

      All glory to God. Thanks for all the prayers.

      Janice - 2012-01-23 10:51

      WOW!!!!! Keep going Thomas!!!

      clivecorbz - 2012-01-23 15:23

      @Fredster69. Glory to the doctors who dedicated their lives to helping others. They studied more for each exam, than most of us bother to learn in a life time. Glory to the ambulance drivers who take on highly dangerous, skillful, and stressful jobs. For next to no salary. Glory to the nurses who have to deal with sickly, broken, and emotionally fragile people all day. Most people don't even like visiting their loved ones in hospital, let alone total strangers, all day. And they don't do it for the pay either. Glory to the medical researchers, and their willing test subjects, the behind the scene heroes. Even the doctors, nurses, and various staff are on the front line, and you choose to ignore them. To rather give glory to God. The same God that the ANC claims put them into power? Pffft, what a joke. Here's to the doctors, the nurses, the ambulance drivers, and any other person who has help Thomas make it through this marvel of medical science. Here's to the people who deserve it.

      Chantelle - 2012-02-23 12:57

      @clivecorbz theres always that one person, who seeks to turn every single comment, either into a God bashing fest, or a racism fest... GTFU and get a life - as you are allowed to give the glory to whoever you want, so should eveeryone else be allowed to do the same.

  • Larry - 2012-01-23 09:33

    No thanks to the VIP or the scourge of the Blue Light. When will these guys be stopped in their tracks?

      Jason - 2012-01-23 09:36

      When an example is made out of a couple of them

      Karring - 2012-01-23 09:44

      when you stop seeing the negative in the report and concentrate on the fact that Thomas have made a remarkable recovery.... Good for you Thomas you are a fighter.....

      Jackie - 2012-01-23 12:07

      I agree! He is making a miraculous recovery sure. And that is fantastic as he has his whole life ahead of him. The part thats forgotten here is that he will NEVER be what he was. There will always be problems for the rest of his life. First prize if for him to be able to live normally. An idiot with a blue light has taken so much away from him. No money in the world can fix it. Only answer is to STOP THE BLUE LIGHTS COMPLETELY. Buy the ministers watches & alarm clocks and force them to be on time for meetings or shopping or whatever!! They arent as special as they think. They are just like us!

  • Mel - 2012-01-23 09:36

    Awesome

  • Ian - 2012-01-23 09:46

    great new, get well soon Thomas, to that blue light scum, start paying up anc scum

  • Lynn - 2012-01-23 09:46

    This is fantastic new. I hope he makes a full recovery. I am so happy for him and his family. Just a shame that they have had to go through all of this as a result of someone else being reckless and not obeying the rules of the road.

  • Bryan - 2012-01-23 09:47

    Reading this made my Monday seem a whole lot better! Well Done Boy! Very Inspiring.

  • Julie - 2012-01-23 09:47

    I am so glad to hear that there is some improvement; we must all keep on praying for his complete recovery.

  • ian.rundle1 - 2012-01-23 09:48

    Graet that is GOOD news. However, we want the driver and minister to be prosecuted.

  • Ipe - 2012-01-23 09:56

    So happy that Thomas is showing improvement. He is in our prayers along with our own son who had a dreadul accident at Christmas.

  • Ipe - 2012-01-23 09:57

    This is such wonderful news - we have been praying for Thomas & his family as well as our own son who was also in a dreadfull accident. May he go from strength to strength.

  • Garth - 2012-01-23 09:59

    Good news for Thomas and his family. Now, when is that `adipe bovis cum bipatentibus ore' the premier-fool mokonyane, going to come clean about where the money, that the department liar mnyani is discussing with the family, going to come from.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-23 10:00

    All the very best, wishing you a speedy recovery. @Nomvula, go suck eggs, you lying piece of S****

  • Ian - 2012-01-23 10:01

    the sheriff of the court must start attaching the anc blue light scums property as they clearly have no intention of paying

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-23 10:13

    All car accident victims are entitled to claim from the RAF. Why the apparent on the premier to do something here?

      Nick - 2012-01-23 10:25

      YOU TOOL this wasn't just a car accident some wannabe mec on his way to the local shebeen was involved and should actually be tried along with driver for attempted murder if emergency vehicles with sires and flashing lights can stop at robots before jumping the red so can these corrupt oxygen thieves

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-23 11:38

      Perhaps the expectation for the premier to do something stems from the fact that she publicly announced that they would!! If you had read the story or followed it from the beginning youmight have known that!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-23 10:13

    All car accident victims are entitled to claim from the RAF. Why the apparent reliance on the premier to do something here when promises are not kept?

      Thelma - 2012-01-23 10:23

      Because it is her obligation to do so. Her and her driver put him where he is so they should be held 110% responsible for him!!! Why should she get away with it?

      Hendrik - 2012-01-23 15:48

      The 'RAF' is technically bankrupt, plundered by corruption from within and from outside. The premier made a very fancy public statement to try and score points, by promising to cover the medical bills. That is why so many are baying for her blood in these comments.

      sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-04 09:43

      He was knocked down by a VIP in a blue light car! Anyone who knocks someone down even if it looks like it was not the drivers fault is charged with culpable homicide and a case is opened. The police are then suppose to investigate the matter. It doesn't matter whether you are a premier or someone who is very poor, no one is above the law!!

  • Mike - 2012-01-23 10:19

    Great news - hope he makes a full recovery!

  • Thelma - 2012-01-23 10:21

    Awesome news....

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-01-23 10:25

    Excellent news

  • Vuyo - 2012-01-23 10:29

    Has the cash that was recovered by the sheriff from Mokonyane last week , any thing to do with the recovery .

      annelize.viljoen - 2012-01-23 11:57

      Vuyo the sheriff had to recover R9.25 million owned by the Gauteng Premier for the medical costs of Prince Sibusiso Khanyi a boy born brain damaged due to negligence in a state hospital. It has NOTHING to do with Thomas Fereirra. Besides cash 2 months after the horrific accident cannot miraculously help him recover! It is only by good medical care and the grace of God that he is healing so quickly. And to those who ask why the Premier has to pay his medical bills - because she promised publically to do so!

      Hendrik - 2012-01-23 15:46

      Please crawl back into your hole in the ground. The deputy sheriff tried to enfoce a court order in a totally diffrent case and was prevented from doing so by the "dis-honourable premier's" security guards.

  • Luke - 2012-01-23 10:42

    Good Luck Thomas!!!! im so happy to see you up and on the road to recovery.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-23 10:48

    Wonderful news! Lets just hope that because he is recovering the "blue lighters" dont think that they can just walk away!

  • Cameronl - 2012-01-23 10:49

    great news :) really happy you are pulling through I hope when you are back on your feet you sue that Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

  • George - 2012-01-23 10:52

    All the best Thomas, every journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step and you are well on your way. Still ask myself what could possibly be so important that an MEC of HOUSING had to use blue light brigade? HOUSING people HOUSING...........No way to defend this

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-23 11:40

      Not only 'housing', but after hours.... so no meetings to be late for!??!!

  • thozi - 2012-01-23 11:01

    God is great, I wish him full recovery.

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