Medics held at gunpoint while saving child’s life

2015-03-25 08:22
(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town - Three paramedics were held at gunpoint early on Wednesday morning while trying to save a 5-year-old girl’s life.

Shortly after midnight, ER24 dispatched an ambulance and rapid response vehicle to a house in Khayelitsha for the little girl who was having seizures.

“The paramedics were busy in the ambulance stabilising the little girl when one of the doors flung open and a gun [was] pointed at them,” ER24 said.

The child’s mother was also in the ambulance at the time of the incident.

According to the paramedics, two suspects, believed to be in their twenties, demanded cellphones and wallets.

One of the suspects then demanded the rapid response vehicle’s key which he used to open the vehicle, activating the emergency sirens. Both suspects immediately fled the scene.

They fled with cellphones and a GPS device from the ambulance.

Despite the attack, the paramedics continued to help the girl and transported her to Khayelitsha District Hospital.

A case of armed robbery was opened at the Khayelitsha Police Station. No one was injured in the incident.

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