Corrie Sanders:medics did right thing

2012-09-25 00:00

THE family and friends of former world heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders yesterday questioned why the severely wounded man was rushed to the Kalafong hospital in Pretoria West rather than the Medi-Clinic hospital in Brits, which was much closer.

But health authorities yesterday said it would have wasted vital time to take Sanders to the Brits Medi-Clinic hospital.

Sanders was shot through the arm into the stomach during a robbery on Saturday night at the Thatch Haven Country Lodge restaurant near Brits as he lay over his daughter to protect her from a hail of bullets.

Paramedics from Hartbees­poort emergency rescue unit got Sanders to the Kalafong hospital in less than an hour after they arrived at the scene. He died in the hospital on Sunday morning.

Hartbeespoort rescue unit did not want to comment on the incident yesterday. A reliable source told sister paper Beeld that the medics had made the right choice, as Sanders did not have medical aid and the Brits Medi-Clinic would not have had trained staff to treat Sanders’s serious wounds after hours, while a theatre and surgeons were ready at Kalafong.

Vitali Klitschko (41) who took the world championship off Sanders after eight hard rounds in 2004, and brother Wladimir yesterday said they were shocked at Sanders’s death and would remember him for giving them their toughest fights.

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