Hyena attack victim recovering

2016-06-29 19:51
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Johannesburg – The 15-year-old boy who was grabbed by a hyena and dragged by his face in the Kruger National Park is making "remarkable progress", SANParks said on Wednesday.

Erco Janse van Rensburg, known to his friends as Boela, was however still under sedation, SA National Parks said in a statement.

The boy's mother, Cashandra, was touched by the response the family had received.

"We are unbelievably and deeply touched by the support, prayers and empathy of people right across the world, known and unknown, to Boela. This is what carries us through this difficult time," she said, according to the statement.

SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni and two executive management members visited Erco at the hospital on Monday, where they met the boy’s family. Mketeni wished him a speedy recovery.

Van Rensburg woke up in his tent at the Crocodile Bridge Camp at 04:30 on Sunday to find a hyena's jaws clamped around his head. The animal dragged the teenager out of the tent by his face, for about 30m, and sat on him.

His parents and sisters were sleeping in a camper van next to his tent. His uncle, Johan Janse van Rensburg was camping next to them.

He was rushed to the Nelspruit Mediclinic, where he was stabilised before he was airlifted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Surgeons at Milpark worked for about eight hours to rebuild bones in his face, insert plates, and reconstruct soft tissue.




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