Kotie Visser still fighting for her life in hospital

2011-01-18 00:00

MORE than a month after well-known distribution contractor Kotie Visser was shot by hijackers at the Pavilion shopping centre in Westville, she is still fighting for her life in the intensive care unit at St Augustine’s Hospital.

Visser’s son, Schalk Jr, told The Witness his mother is still in a critical condition.

“Around two weeks ago she got pneumonia and a lung infection,” he added. “She is also paralysed from the chest down.”

Visser said he doesn’t think that doctors have informed his mother of her paralysis.

“I think they don’t know if she would be able to handle that now,” he said. “But I’m sure she knows.”

She spends most of her time unconscious, but she does wake up every couple of days.

“She can’t speak when she wakes up because of all of the tubes in her trachea, but she moves her lips slightly,” her son said.

Kotie Visser’s breathing is 4/20: of every 20 breaths that she takes, four are her own and the other 16 are performed by the machine that is keeping her alive.

Schalk Jr, who is also in the newspaper distribution industry, said he has not heard whether the police have made any headway in finding the men responsible for the shooting.

He said that his family is hoping that his mother makes a full recovery, but admitted that it has not been easy for them.

“We are coping with it, but it does take strain; her heart has stopped beating four times,” he said.

Schalk Jr’s father was shot and killed four years ago in a failed robbery attempt when his delivery van broke down near Durban International Airport.

He was also in the distribution industry.

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