I don't want to see where my hand no longer is - Kosie

2016-09-07 13:02
Kosie Wessels recovering in hospital. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

Kosie Wessels recovering in hospital. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

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Polokwane - Kosie Wessels' wounds are healing but he does not want his bandages to be removed.

The 7-year-old boy "does not want to see where his hand was amputated", his mother Caroline Strydom told Netwerk24.

It will take four weeks to determine whether he can get prosthesis, Netwerk24 reported.

His hand was amputated on Saturday after it was blown off by a firecracker. Kosie found the cracker in his sister's bedroom. He held it in his left hand and lit it with his right.

The hand was left hanging by a piece of skin after the explosion and could not be saved by doctors. He also sustained burn wounds to both arms and his stomach.

Doctors say his wound would have to heal completely before they can look into getting him a prosthetic hand.

Mediclinic Limpopo, where the little boy is recovering, gave him a certificate of bravery for progressing so well.

Members of the public have donated money for his treatment at the hospital.

Strydom, who wrapped her own shirt around her bleeding son's hand after the accident and stopped a car to beg for a ride to the local provincial hospital, had to see a counsellor on Monday to help her through the traumatic experience.

She said the doctors might send her son home on Wednesday.

"I don't know when he will be able to return to school. The doctors said other kids might bump into him and his stump could start bleeding again."

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