Thousands raised for orphaned teen

2013-01-14 10:41
Eurika Burger. (Beeld)

Eurika Burger. (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The Lephalale community in Limpopo raised over R50 000 within hours for the medical treatment of an 11-year-old girl who lost both parents in a car crash.

Eurika Burger and her parents were hit by a car that apparently swerved to avoid a minibus taxi on Friday, reported Beeld

Her mother Eurika, 45, died on impact and her father, Claude, 50, died on the way to hospital.

The teen was trapped in the car for nearly an hour and has left thigh, collarbone and right knee fractures.

As the family had no medical aid, an appeal was sent out to the Lephalale community and within hours there was enough money to have her transferred via helicopter to a private hospital in Pretoria.

The teen’s brother Jan, 29, said his sister had been informed of her parents’ death.

“But it looks like it hasn’t sunk in, probably due to the shock.”

A doctor said he would discuss Eurika’s future with her brothers and sister, all of whom are in their late 20s.

“We have to decide who will now be able to best look after her financially and emotionally. She was very close to her mother and father.”

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