Pregnant woman makes miraculous escape

2015-08-05 09:57
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Pietermaritzburg - A young woman and her unborn child are lucky to be alive after the truck she was travelling in overturned, trapping her underneath.

Emergency services rushed to Edendale on Tuesday when a distress call from concerned community members was received about a young “heavily pregnant” woman who was trapped under an overturned truck.

When emergency services arrived at the scene of the accident, they found a large dump truck overturned on a steep dirt road.

In the wreckage of sand and metal, a young woman identified as Lwazi Shezi (22) who is in her eighth month of pregnancy, was trapped under the truck, with her foot mangled under the wreckage that pinned her down.

According to sources at the accident scene, Shezi was travelling in the passenger seat of the truck and as it made its way to the top of the steep gravel road, the driver lost control and the truck toppled onto its side.

According to police sources, the driver of the truck was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.

ER24 spokesperson Russell Meiring said assessments showed that the heavily pregnant woman sustained severe crush injuries to both of her legs.

“Rescue services had to use specialised equipment, including a backhoe, to free the patient in an operation that lasted one and a half hours.”

Paramedics said yesterday that it took more than two hours to free Shezi from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life.

Anxious community members circled the wreckage and after Shezi was freed, paramedics rushed to assess the health of her unborn baby and it was established that the baby was unharmed.

However, Shezi’s left leg that was trapped under the truck was badly broken. She was rushed to Edendale Hospital in a “serious but stable” condition.

When The Witness phoned to check in on her condition late yesterday, a matron said she had been transferred to the labour ward as stressful situations can sometimes induce labour.

“She [Shezi] and her baby are very lucky to be alive. The situation could have been much worse,” one paramedic said yesterday

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