News24 readers rally to help wounded Good Samaritan

2016-06-02 17:03
Wounded waitress Stephanie Meyer and her friend Tahne Bush. (Supplied)

Wounded waitress Stephanie Meyer and her friend Tahne Bush. (Supplied)

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Durban - A Durban woman who was shot and wounded, while trying to help a seriously injured hijacking victim, will probably need surgery for her fractured arm.

Stephanie Meyer was shot in the arm after she and a friend stopped to help a man who had been shot in the face during a hijacking in Morningside on Friday night.

Meyer, who is not on medical aid, faces mounting medical bills, with surgery likely to be a necessity to ensure her full recovery.

News24 was inundated with offers of help for Meyer, with readers pledging donations to cover her medical bills.

"I am so overwhelmed with the people that have come forward and I never knew so many people would come out and help me when I needed it most," she said.

She said she had seen an orthopaedic surgeon, who said that her arm had been broken in several places and that there were bone fragments in the wound. Surgery to repair this remained a strong possibility.  

Meyer, a waitress, looked into the eyes of the gunman after she drove into their path as they escaped in a stolen car. The bullet broke her arm.

"Obviously, the paramedics in the ambulance attended to my wound and they stopped the bleeding. At the hospital, I was X-rayed and they found out it was a clean break, so they put on a temporary cast and the wound was covered up and not stitched," she said.  

In pain, and only given paracetamol from the hospital, Meyer said she could feel the bones moving against one another.

"I went to a private doctor today because I was in so much pain. He said that I may need plates or screws to make sure the bone heals properly, so now I will need to see an orthopaedic surgeon and have new X-rays done.”

On Wednesday, Life Response 24/7's founding owner, Denver Moodley, said the company had decided not to charge Meyer for treating and taking her to hospital.

"She was injured while in service to a member of the community and that is an ethos we share. We wish her a speedy recovery," he said.

Meyer's father recently died after a long illness.

Should anyone wish to contribute, deposits can be made to Meyer. S. E.  Savings Account - Account Number 051804476. Standard Bank Glenwood - Branch Number 051 001.

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