Many wrongs can make a right: Boy who lost his fingers gets letters of support

2016-12-07 12:47
Darius Hay (Facebook)

Darius Hay (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bloemfontein - They came from everywhere – letters to an Odendaalsrus pupil written with the "wrong" hand.   

Many people were inspired by Darius Hay, 13, who started practising writing, using his non-dominant left hand, two days after an accident.

The right-handed teenager lost most of the fingers on that hand when a bullet from a large-calibre firearm exploded last Monday, Netwerk24 reported. 

Darius and a friend were examining the bullet during break at Odensia Primary School. He hit the bullet against a pole. The explosion ripped off his thumb, forefinger, middle finger, and a large part of his ring finger. According to his mother, Erika, the skin was torn off as well. 

Darius had undergone two operations at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein. His right hand was attached to his groin so that new skin could grow over it during the next three weeks. 

He was transferred to Universitas Hospital on Friday. 

Friends and complete strangers had written to Darius using their "wrong" hand. Lefties wrote with their right hands, and vice versa.   

The letters were shared with him on social media. Darius thanked everyone in a video message posted on Facebook. 

Free State police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said the boy who had brought the bullet to school could face charges under the Firearms Control Act.

 


One of the notes to Darius. (Facebook)

Read more on:    bloemfontein  |  accidents

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.