Grandma miraculously survives after impaling her chin on security gate

By Almari Wessels
05 April 2016

If the spike had pierced her chin a little more to the left or to the right she might not have been alive today.

Please note this story contains graphic images that might upset sensitive readers.

Doctors say it just missed an artery and that Henna owes her life to the near miss. PHOTO: Supplied Doctors say it just missed an artery and that Henna owes her life to the near miss. PHOTO: Supplied

Last week Henna Scholtz, an 83-year-old pensioner from Kleinmond in the Western Cape, miraculously survived a freak accident in which a spike on a security gate pierced her chin.

Doctors say it just missed an artery and that Henna owes her life to the near miss.

“It’s very sore and I’m uncomfortable,” Henna told YOU, speaking softy and slowly -- talking is still extremely painful for her.

Henna explained that she lost consciousness when she was about to unlock the security gate at her front door for her neighbour, Beatrix Muller.

Every night Beatrix comes over and wishes Henna a good night. On the fateful night Henna was excited to see her friend because Beatrix had spent the past two months visiting her children in England.

“She always makes a noise and I joke with her about whether this is the appropriate time to arrive,” Henna says. “I must have fainted because I landed on the gate. Beatrix says I was absolutely white and had no pulse.”

Beatrix called for help and virtually the whole street, as well as the emergency services, arrived to help Henna.

“It could have been so much worse; I’m really grateful. It hurt when the paramedics tried to lift me off the spike. I heard them considering whether to cut my chin open, but they managed to free me,” Henna says.

They brought cushions to make me more comfortable because I was hanging from the gate.” PHOTO: Supplied They brought cushions to make me more comfortable because I was hanging from the gate.” PHOTO: Supplied

“Unfortunately I don’t know how long it took to free me. They brought cushions to make me more comfortable because I was hanging from the gate."

Henna's chin was stitched up, but she isn't sure how many stitches doctors had to use.

The pensioner is recovering at home and can’t stop singing the praises of her wonderful neighbours, friends and loved ones who supported her. “I wish you could cut open my heart so I could show people how it’s overflowing with gratitude,” she says. “I have the most wonderful neighbours.

“I’ll never, never, never leave Kleinmond.”

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