Caring KZN paramedic honoured

2013-10-28 00:00

The Pietermaritzburg man represented the whole of KwaZulu-Natal at the national awards last week for his dedication to his craft, and always going above and beyond the call of duty.

Sheik was nominated for the award by Sharina Munilal, a receptionist at Netcare St Anne’s Hospital. Although the two did not know each other personally, Munilal saw how passionate Sheik was. She witnessed him trying to save prominent Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram when he was shot dead in May.

“We live in the same neighbourhood, so I’ve seen him around. Regardless of whether he is on duty or plain clothes, he will always stop to help. I live near the doctor’s surgery. That night was so shocking. The shots went off so quickly. I saw the commotion, and people were running and screaming. It was dark and the guys with the guns could have still been around. Mohamed did not even hesitate to go help,” Munilal told The Witness.

Sheik was in the area that night: “I had come off duty and was going past the doctor’s surgery to the shops. When I saw all the people around, I stopped my vehicle and ran to help. The doctor was shot in the neck. His pulse was very faint, but I still performed CPR on him.”

Sadly, Sheik could not revive Sewram. He waited until the police and the ambulance arrived. Being nominated by a virtual stranger was a deep honour for Sheik: “It is nice to know that people notice and appreciate the work we are doing”.

He felt proud to represent KZN at the awards: “Being honoured at the awards was very exciting and overwhelming. I will continue to stop and help wherever I can, even if I’m off duty.”

“Mohamed displays a keen enthusiasm to assist those in need. He shows a genuine concern for all those he helps,” said Munilal.

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