Bedridden woman, 85, granted wish to see the sea

2015-05-15 14:44
Martie van Staden got her big wish – to see the ocean. (Supplied)

Martie van Staden got her big wish – to see the ocean. (Supplied)

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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal woman who was left bedridden for nine years after a botched back operation was granted her biggest wish on Thursday – to look at the ocean again.

With help from East Coast Radio’s and Netcare 911, Martie van Staden, 85, got to look at the waves and smell the fresh sea breeze again.

Her daughter Magda Snowdon, from Pinetown, said her mother had spent much of her life as a housewife at their Amanzimtoti home.

“Raising eight children on her own couldn’t have been easy," said Snowdon, 55.

"Over the years my mother had two knee replacements and in 2007 she had a back operation that was unsuccessful and left her bedridden.” 

She was looked after by a nurse and needed constant care.

Can’t go outside

“Imagine not being able to get out of the house for nine years. I mean you can see outside the window and see the garden but that is all you see. The only time she went outside was when she was taken to hospital over the years.”

The family decided to move Van Staden to live with her eldest daughter, Marie Strydom, in Melmoth.

“We couldn’t manage anymore. Unfortunately my sister passed away in January so I had to move my mother Flame Lily Park old age home in Queensburgh.

“I wrote an e-mail to East Coast Radio’s The Big Favour in April asking them to help me take my mom to the beach because that was her biggest wish. I told them that my mother just wanted to go and look at the sea and go back again to the home, that’s all.

“East Coast Radio agreed and we did an interview this week and made her wish come true.  

Wish came true

A team of Netcare911 paramedics fetched Van Staden from the old age home on Thursday morning and took her to Amanzimtoti  Beach.

“They took her in a stretcher right up to the water. She even got a chance to hold the sand. One of the paramedics borrowed a bucket from one of the children and collected sea water for her to put her hands in.

“When they returned her to the ambulance one of the restaurants brought her a cup of tea.

"She said the first thing she saw when she got to the beach was the boats on the ocean and she smiled.”

Snowdon said her mother had taken them to the beach while they were growing up.

“She couldn’t swim or anything but she would take us there and just sit on the sand. She is at peace now that her wish has been granted.”

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