‘Blood donors saved my life’

2013-12-02 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG pupil feels lucky to have lost his arm, not his life, thanks in part to pints and pints of donated blood.

Lindani Zondi (16) of Imbali, who attends St Nicholas Diocesan School, spoke at the SA National Blood Services breakfast at the Durban Country Club on Friday, telling the guests about his ordeal and his gratitude.

One morning in 2007, Lindani was walking with his seven-year-old cousin Zama Zondi at KwaPata when they found a live electric cable hanging from a street pole.

“My cousin tried touching it. Because I knew of the danger, I tried to hit her hand off the wire, but I got electrocuted instead,” he said.

His recovery took a month in Netcare St Anne’s Hospital, and he recalls the many blood transfusions.

“Each day I got about five to six units of blood. I couldn’t eat. They had to use pipes to feed me.”

The doctors had to amputate his right arm because it was badly damaged.

He is a regular blood donor and has motivated his peers to do the same.

The SANBS national spokesperson Vanessa Raju said KwaZulu-Natal currently has 1,2 days’ stock of blood.

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