Dream comes true for young cancer sufferer

2016-10-25 06:00
Mohamed and ‘his dolphin’.  Photo: supplied

Mohamed and ‘his dolphin’. Photo: supplied

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IT was a special day in the lives of the Netcare 911 paramedics in KZN when they recently received a call to assist a seven-year-old-boy to fulfill his dream on visiting uShaka Marine World.

Mohamed is terminally ill with cancer and the cancer Reach for a Dream with the help of sponsors brought him and his parents down to Durban to see the dolphins, but tragedy struck.

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha on their arrival in Durban Mohamed's condition worsened as he had to be admitted to Netcare Umhlanga Hospital.
His father approached the hospital manager Mark Van Heerden and asked for help to fulfill his son’s dream.

"Consultation with Netcare 911, Umhlanga Hospital and uShaka Marine World took place and arrangements were made to take the little boy in an ambulance under the constant care of an Advanced Life Support paramedic to interact with the dolphins.

“This was a very emotional event as stands full of people witnessed the boy being carried by medics to the side of the pool. The handler slowly brought the massive dolphin towards the child. Tears ran from the faces of the most hardened paramedics.

“The boy was able to touch and feed the dolphin, and the expression on his face will be burnt into the hearts of all who witnessed this awesome event,” said Botha.

After the event paramedics drove the child back to the hospital where he rested for an hour.

“We then drove the family to King Shaka International where the Netcare jet landed with a crew of paramedics.

“The boy was stabilised for the flight and after he was strapped into a special stretcher they boarded the aircraft and flew to Port Elizabeth where he was admitted to a hospital near his home. - Supplied.

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