Impalement survivor: 'I’ve embraced my second chance'

By admin
26 December 2015

It’s been eleven months since Carletonville father-of-three Dawie de Wet (34) almost lost his life in a freak underground mining accident.

The mining supervisor slipped and fell onto a 2m long metal rod. PHOTO: Esthe Pretorius The mining supervisor slipped and fell onto a 2m long metal rod. PHOTO: Esthe Pretorius

The mining supervisor had been attending to a breakdown in a mine shaft at the Sibanye Gold mine, when he slipped and fell onto a 2m long metal rod.

The rod pierced his thigh, groin, small intestine, bowel, and left kidney, before emerging through his right shoulder.

But despite a long stint in ICU, and a lengthy recovery, Dawie emerged from hospital with a new lease on life.

And he says he feels better than ever.

“Coming face-to-face with death makes you realize that you have a purpose in life,” he says.

An X-ray of the impalement. Danie has had the rod chromed as a reminder of his narrow escape. An X-ray of the impalement. Danie has had the rod chromed as a reminder of his narrow escape.

His brush with death has also inspired him to share his miraculous story of survival with others.

“I’ve embraced my second chance. I’m back at work, and I’ve been spending the last few months giving motivational talks and prayer testaments to churches and organisations in and around Carletonville. I just want to be the best person I can be now – for myself, my wife, and my children.”

The family are currently away on holiday at the Klein Kariba holiday resort in Bela-Bela, but Dawie says that they plan on spending a quiet New Year’s Eve at home – just to reflect on the year that’s been, and all their blessings.

“I have a lot to be thankful for, and I want to live each day to the fullest now.”

-- Latashia Naidoo

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