'Affectionate' cops help family after 2-year-old badly hurt on putt-putt course

2016-01-18 09:10
Corné Rabie junior in hospital (Supplied by Corné Rabie)

Corné Rabie junior in hospital (Supplied by Corné Rabie)

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Cape Town - When 2-year-old Corné Rabie was badly injured during a family holiday in Gansbaai, it was thanks to a trio of compassionate police officers that the story had a happy ending.

“Three fantastic Overstrand law enforcement officers helped me get my child to hospital as soon as possible,” Corné Rabie, the father of Corné junior, told News24.

Rabie, from Paarl in the Western Cape, recounted how an unsecured fountain fell on Corné at a putt-putt course just outside Gansbaai during the family’s December holiday.

“He sustained a severe laceration to the left leg and the bone was broken and visible as well.”

The family rushed to their car and began driving with hazard lights and headlights on as fast as possible. However, they were unfamiliar with the area and not sure where to go for medical help.

As they approached the entrance to Gansbaai, Rabie spotted a marked law enforcement car. He pulled up alongside it and asked the officer for help. He recommended going directly to the Hermanus MediClinic, as this was the facility best equipped help them.

Rabie said they tried to get to the hospital as fast as possible, but traffic on the roads was very slow. However, a car with emergency lights and two uniformed officials soon pulled up in front of them.

“The driver of the vehicle opened his window and indicated with his right hand that we must follow him. He escorted me through the Sunday afternoon traffic as fast as was deemed safe by the officer, right to the doorstep of Hermanus MediClinic and escorted my family into triage.”

Once they arrived at the hospital, the two senior inspectors from the Gansbaai police, ZN Tshefu and E Fisher, introduced themselves to the family.

“The officers displayed real affection for my family and the situation we were in with the injuries sustained by my son. They just took ownership of the situation.”


Corné junior with his mother Karen on Voëlklip Beach near Hermanus (Corné Rabie)

Rabie said his son was operated on and was recovering from his injuries. A week later, Rabie was taken aback when he received a call from Tshefu.

“He phoned just to enquire how my son was doing. He showed compassion.”

Rabie said all three officers needed to be acknowledged. The first officer the family encountered radioed the two inspectors to escort them to the hospital.

“They knew exactly where I needed to go and they knew it must happen as soon as possible.”

Rabie, himself a police officer with the railway unit, said the actions of the three inspired him.

“To do what they did is just amazing. It rubs off on you and you are motivated to also go the extra mile.”

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