Baby awaits surgery after rat attack

2014-08-27 08:24

Johannesburg - A 1-month-old baby whose three fingers and part of a nose were eaten by rats in Alexandra, Johannesburg is awaiting surgery as her family cannot afford it, The New Age reported on Wednesday.

The rats attacked Erena Yekanyi at her home last Monday.

"I was washing outside while Erena was sleeping inside the house. I heard her cry and when I ran into the house, I found her covered in blood," the baby's mother, Thandaza reportedly said.

The baby would continue to await reconstructive surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital until her mother was able to raise funds for the procedure.

The attack was not the first in the township, according to the report.

Children and the elderly have reportedly been killed in their sleep by rodents that are said to be larger than normal rats.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Nkosinathi Nkabinde told the newspaper that informal settlements were prone to rat infestation due to the improper handling of domestic waste.

He said that the city had implemented various strategies to eradicate the problem.

  • Raeez Omar - 2014-08-27 08:31

    WTF? Sad for the poor baby. No Comment about the Rat situation...

      Julie - 2014-08-27 08:57

      I am not an ANC supporter but I do not think that it is their job to kill rats in ones home. How much does a supply of Rattex cost? surely not an arm or leg or maybe three fingers.........

      blackmarlene - 2014-08-27 09:39

      Julie, killing rats in people's homes is not the issue - providing the poor with acceptable accommodation is. While the ANC squanders money intended to uplift the poor they do not stand a chance. They owe it to the public to provide clean decent accommodation instead of squalor. So yes, it is an ANC issue. And the baby ought to receive free treatment. That's what government hospitals are for. But then, the ANC have squandered that money too.

  • Violetta Ellapen - 2014-08-27 08:32

    It's a government hospital why aren't they doing the procedure

      Johan Grundling - 2014-08-27 10:26

      100% correct. They should do the procedure irrespective of the costs and then get The City of Joburg to foot the bill. It is their duty to get rid of the infestation, it should be their duty to incur costs resulting from failing on their responsibilities as well.

  • Shayne Ronald Barker - 2014-08-27 08:38

    Im sorry but something not adding up here. A baby will immediately cry after the first bite or at most the second. How long will it take rats to eat three fingers and part of the nose? How long does it take to stop what you doing and attend to your child?

      Chase Cameron - 2014-08-27 08:52

      Was waiting for "Mother of the Year" to chime in... now go check on your baby.

      Shayne Ronald Barker - 2014-08-27 09:03

      Im actually a father of two boys. One is almost 3 while the other is 7 months. Now I may be far from the "father of the year" award but if my children scream I will immediately stop what I am doing to check on them. Like someone below said who used to bread rats a bite from them is extremely painful and this child must have screamed blue murder!

      Wimpy Van Der Westhuizen - 2014-08-27 09:14

      chase go shoot up some more steroids

      nandipha.pepu - 2014-08-27 09:21

      How many bites did the baby endure? It takes one bite from a huge rat to cause serious damage. Mother of the yr comment unnecessary

      Shayne Ronald Barker - 2014-08-27 09:33

      Jan I am well aware what they are capable of. But my question remains. How long to take three fingers and part of a nose? And what was the mother doing while the child was screaming. If it takes 10seconds then cool I can understand. But 5 minutes? 10 or 30 minutes? Longer?

      John Greystoke - 2014-08-27 09:44

      @Jan, no animal can bite through a 2mm steel pipe.

      John Greystoke - 2014-08-27 09:58

      @Jan, no animal can bite through a 2mm steel pipe.

  • Daisy Jones - 2014-08-27 08:38

    The government needs to donate money for the surgery of this child. I want my tax money to go towards this baby.

      Tanya Stobbe Retief - 2014-08-27 09:16

      Yes, humanitarian Jim. We DO pay directly for it. It's called tax.

      Neville Watson - 2014-08-27 09:27

      @Jim - Because maube she cannot afford to alone? Did you even think before you posted, or do you think it is okay that this baby cannot be cared for because her parents are poor?

      Daisy Jones - 2014-08-27 09:59

      If I could afford it, then I would.

  • Steven Bresler - 2014-08-27 08:38

    Take note Mr Zuma!

  • Tsheko Machete - 2014-08-27 08:39

    What a shame. Wishing him/her a speedy recovery

  • SunshinyDay - 2014-08-27 08:41

    Um, correct me if I am wrong, but don't our taxes cover these sorts of things? After all, she is in a PUBLIC hospital?

      Tshepo Maloba - 2014-08-27 09:28

      i was also thinking's so stupid to think someone unemployed will raise cash for surgery in a public hospital even.

      Ashley Keung - 2014-08-27 09:40

      Sunshiny yes I'll correct you your wrong our taxes go to building Nkantla and the ANC elite

      Theo Marx - 2014-08-27 10:21

      No, your taxes goes towards building R220million houses, lavish parties, overseas trips and the likes. What were you thinking? :)

  • Johan Van Der Vyver - 2014-08-27 08:42

    What is the ANC doing for this country besides enriching certain people

  • Belinda Cooper - 2014-08-27 08:44

    This is so sad... The poor child...

  • Bonnie Cape - 2014-08-27 08:46

    This really, unmitigatedly pisses me off. Yet we build a swimming pool, visitors' centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving, and new houses for relatives at Nkandla. These b#stards need to get their priorities straight!

      Gail Rieck - 2014-08-27 09:17

      Nope, they need to pay this money back and then get kicked out!!!!

      nandipha.pepu - 2014-08-27 09:24

      Jim, would it make a difference if 'the mother' voted for the DA?

      Kutenda Ngundu - 2014-08-27 09:51

      Its true,but as a compassionate human being what else are you gonna do to help the poor baby who doesn't even know nkhandla .your R20 can go a long way than blaming zuma who will not pay back a single cent.

      Daisy Jones - 2014-08-27 10:27

      Jim, you're so miserable. You're saying the baby got what he/she deserved because his/her parents may have voted ANC. You're such a miserable person and I feel so sorry for you.

  • Christina Setloboko - 2014-08-27 08:51

    Very sorry to the poor little one, but as long as people are still continuing throwing rubbish around this rats are not going any where, in this case gvmnt/ rats cannot be blamed people should know how to clean after themselves. pickitup collects waste every day on holidays and weekends. once truck has passed then only they take the rubbish out and rats feeds on that the whole night. one thing they are careless

  • Emma Sanderson - 2014-08-27 08:56

    I am sure the hospital can schedule this as a priority.

  • Lebogang Mmono - 2014-08-27 09:02

    Is there a way one can help this poor baby? Contribute somehow maybe?

      SunshinyDay - 2014-08-27 09:05

      We contribute via our taxes already. There are many children that need operations, it would be unfair to help one and not them all (as good as intentions are).

      Kutenda Ngundu - 2014-08-27 09:48

      Try contact the writer of this article they might have extra information and the hospital mentioned above.don't mind those who say taxes taxes.helping this poor child shows you are still human.

      Eben Van Derr Merwe - 2014-08-27 10:50

      Goog on you Lebogang, I got hold of the editor of the story in JHB and we are getting some assistance together for the baby. What really sickens me is that the majority of responses on this article seem to be missing the humanity in this case, and rather be responding with their political views. Yes the government is rotten and useless!!, we all know that, but how is that attitude and response going to help a defenceless baby that didn't ask for this to happen. To those people, if you cant assist or are not willing to assist, rather keep your comments to deserving issues, none of you know the mother but are quick to comment based on assumptions. Even if she was negligent, how is your attitude helping the child?. I truly hope none of these people are ever left to the mercy of others, and receives a similar response.

  • Ingrid Jorgensen - 2014-08-27 09:04

    Pubescent Ike your viscious racist attack is worse than the attack this poor baby suffered. Comments like yours paint a sad picture of YOUR state of mind. You disgust me and I hang my head in shame to be white today. It is instinct to react in shock and compassion when babies are hurt. Qualities which you clearly lack.

  • reduan.strydom - 2014-08-27 09:04

    This is just sad, if a child needs an operation no money available someone needs an upgrade... This is just sad

      King Tari Tdee - 2014-08-27 09:58

      that guy who bought a buffalo for 18 million am sure you can help here

  • Denton Estment - 2014-08-27 09:06

    Gauteng Health Dept must foot the bill as they are not controlling rat infestation. Or else seeing Mr.Zuma and co have huge amounts of money for fancy upgrades and cars should offer to pay.

  • Sibusiso Mcebisi Matinise - 2014-08-27 09:08

    Rats may look lovely to some,but for me sorry I hate them.Deadly poisons that were used to kill rats are no longer available on the market because people use them for evil purposes like suicide etc.

  • Nasreen Fredericks - 2014-08-27 09:13

    One more thing, I disagree with poisoning the rats cos what about the birds and other animals who eat them? ? They will be poisoned too when ingesting the poisoned rats.

  • Nasreen Fredericks - 2014-08-27 09:15

    Unless the poisoned rats are dealt with where they are not exposed to other animals.

  • Nasreen Fredericks - 2014-08-27 09:17

    Exactly! !

  • nandipha.pepu - 2014-08-27 09:17

    Sooo sad, govt has to intervene and do what's right....serve

  • Nasreen Fredericks - 2014-08-27 09:18

    Although I am strongly against the death of ANY living being

  • Nasreen Fredericks - 2014-08-27 09:19

    We own Four beautiful, loving rats so this is so horrible to know.

  • Mlulek Lico Yisa - 2014-08-27 09:21

    Very sad story, gov shud do something wt dis Alex Rats

  • Xander Juan De Ru - 2014-08-27 09:24

    They should get an arsenal of Falcons to patrol the street as Alexandra, they will do a better job then the government. Sad story, and I wont get any better.

  • Neville Watson - 2014-08-27 09:25

    This is why socialism is the only answer. Money should not be an obstacle.

  • Tshepo Maloba - 2014-08-27 09:25

    The people of alex also need to play their part by keeping their surroundings clean and tidy rather than turning their township into a dumping side and yet complain when such things happen.

  • Tee Kay - 2014-08-27 09:26

    this is sad... Poor baby! As a mother myself, I am very disturbed by this. I wish i had money to be able to help.

  • ET H Canvasses - 2014-08-27 09:27

    WHERE CAN WE SEND FUNDS? This child needs our help!

  • Liz Rudy - 2014-08-27 09:32

    I read in an article a year or so ago that Owls were introduced to Alexandria to curb the rat infestation. Residents either ate the owls, killed them, or chased them off.

      Pertunia Nthati Nhlapo - 2014-08-27 09:52

      u should ve kept quite liz u obvious insensitive,how do u expect people to eat owls,or do u eat them?

      King Tari Tdee - 2014-08-27 09:55

      actualy the rats ate the owls

      Christina Setloboko - 2014-08-27 10:39

      Yes Liz they did, and people were warned not to give rats poison as owls will eat same poisoned rats and dies but do they lesson no, and others believed they are used for witchcraft so they killed them. some humans.

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-08-27 09:33

    How about you anc send the health dept there and educate the people on hygiene etc, stop throwing money at this, EDUCATE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thulani Thukzeni - 2014-08-27 09:33

    lots of people are affected by the diseases called "zumaphobic"

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-08-27 09:36

    The people need to be educated in hygiene, one can be as poor as a church mouse, and clean at the same time. There is no need to throw rubbish and waste all over the place

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-08-27 09:38

    In the meantime back in parliament overweight women are stalking the EFF, the cause of the trouble is wining and dining in Russia and here a baby is eaten by rats and the parents can't pay for an operation. Isn't this kind of medical help suppose to be free for those that can't pay Mantashe?. But then you rather spend your time threatening Thuli don't you?.

  • Rohin Jadin - 2014-08-27 09:38

    Every time I drive along London Road, I'm saddened by what I see, and that's just one road. I really don't understand why the residents accept this, and keep accepting this. I see children being bathed in tins buckets on the streets - little kids walking to school on their own, half the road has been a sinkhole since 2012 and NOTHING is done. I often see people immaculately dressed walking to work - kudos to you for being able to pull that off with what little you have but FFS is this the dignity that you fought for and the dignity that you want? I look at the children living there and can't help but wonder are they and their children going to be going through that as well?

  • Elle Zeus - 2014-08-27 09:40

    Im sorry but is this one of those "we have a good story to tell"... why do these people have to live like this, I give half of my salary to taxes, levies, toll fees, VAT etc. where is all the money, give the kid the damn treatment!

  • Chris May - 2014-08-27 09:44

    Surely she is a state patient and should be treated?

  • Hazel Caldwell - 2014-08-27 09:45

    What is SA coming to?

  • Hazel Caldwell - 2014-08-27 09:46

    This is disgusting. To think that this can happen in the 21st Century.

  • John Greystoke - 2014-08-27 09:46

    Are'nt we going to have a plague - the black death - in these townships if the rat population is not controlled?

  • Elize Pretorius Deetlefs - 2014-08-27 09:53

    Pretoria also a problem. I have seen the huge rats (bigger than normal)at the back of the building of Home Affairs in Es'kia MPhahlele drive at 16h00 in day time driving past, seems the rats are not scarred of anything and was al over the rubble laying there.

  • Tian Nel - 2014-08-27 10:06

    its the dumping sites that attracts these rats.dont litter

  • Wisan JW Justice - 2014-08-27 10:18

    she must sue the nurses

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-08-27 10:26

    Someone at News 24 do not like the truth, so they do away with my message. Strange how my posts have to be monitored, reminds me of the old days when we had to use code.

  • Hemlock - 2014-08-27 10:38

    Tragic......and as for public healthcare in SA, need I say more? Maybe a small trust fund could be arranged by caring people. I would be willing to donate towards this baby getting the required surgery and I am sure many caring citizens would also donate.

  • Alfredo Alfacinha - 2014-08-27 10:46

    The baby must of been screaming its little lungs out and no one heard, was the baby left on its own?

      Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-08-27 11:24

      Apparently the mother was hanging washing up outside when she heard the baby screaming.

  • Martin Andersen - 2014-08-27 10:55

    What a sad reality. Zuma lives in luxury. Filthy rich people live across the highway in Sandton. These poor people live in putrid conditions.

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-08-27 11:23

    Is there no goodwill anymore. The child is a mere 1 month old. The cess pits popping up all over the place are very scary. Bubonic plague has not been eradicated yet, just by the way. Maybe someone needs to tell the powers that be, that they need to jack themselves up on service delivery and also the community need to be educated. These are both tall orders, but vital. It does not take long for disease to spread. Even the upper echelons become infected.

  • Ravin Govinden - 2014-08-27 11:36

    What happen to free medical for kids up to the age of 6 years.

  • Legasa Mollo - 2014-08-27 11:37

    This damn rats are da same as ANC,rats are eating an inocen kid and ANC is eating poor's money by building Nkandla