Police fear Marli may have permanent brain damage

2015-02-22 10:24
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Cape Town - Police are worried that Marli van Breda, who survived a brutal axe attack, may never recover enough to tell them what happened on the night her family was murdered.

According to the Sunday Times, the 16-year-old sustained such serious head injuries that it is feared she might have permanent brain damage. She is however awake and showing emotion.

But police fear that although she is improving, she might not recover enough to give them a detailed account of what happened on the night of the attack.

Family photographs

The newspaper also reports that the three paramedics who treated Marli at the scene and declared her mother Teresa, father Martin and brother Rudi dead have not yet returned to work. They were severely traumatised and are still receiving counselling.

News24 reported on Saturday that Marli is showing emotions, although she still cannot speak.

Family spokesperson Ben Rootman confirmed to the paper that she was showing signs of improvement.

"She is showing movement on both sides of her body, emotion and recognising close family on family photographs," he was quoted as saying.

The Van Breda family were attacked in their home in the De Zalze Golf Estate last month. The 16-year-old's father Martin van Breda, 54, his wife Theresa, 55, and older brother Rudi, 22, were killed. Her other brother Henri, 20, survived.

Own room

Marli was critically injured and remained in hospital. Emergency medical services spokesperson Robert Daniels said previously that Marli had an axe wound to the head and her jugular vein had been severed.

Marli, who was still not allowed any visitors, was recently moved from an intensive care unit ward into her own room.

Rootman would reportedly not confirm or deny that she may have sustained brain damage.

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