‘Nothing wrong’ with boy a year after freak lawnmower accident

2018-03-22 14:43
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Angelique and Johannes Rudd from Carletonville, Gauteng, will always remember Human Rights as the day on which their little boy survived being run over by a lawnmower.

21 March 2017 began like any public holiday for the Rudd family. Angelique (28) was in the kitchen in their home in the small Mpumalanga town of Delmas, and her husband Johannes (33) was working in the garden.

Their two kids, Johannes (now 6) and Johannè (now 7), had been told to play inside while dad was mowing the lawn but little Johannes – Junior, as they call him – wanted to give his dad a fright.

“Junior quietly climbed a tree and when my husband was near, Junior swung from the tree branch – but his hands slipped,” Angelique says.

The little boy fell in front of the lawnmower and was pulled underneath it.

Angelique says her husband jumped off the large lawnmower and tipped it over. When she heard her husband shouting she ran outside, where Johannes was already trying to stop Junior’s bleeding.

“Excuse the tears,” she says, thinking back on the accident.

By the time she got to them, Junior’s face had turned blue and he wasn’t breathing. “My husband said, ‘Junior is gone.’ But I told him not to say that. I prayed and asked the Lord to save my son,” she remembers.

He was admitted to the Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas and later transferred to the Witbank Hospital. The next morning he was again transferred, this time to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, were he was operated on.

Because he needed large skin grafts, Junior was in hospital for quite some time to ensure his body didn’t reject the new skin.

“He was only discharged at the beginning of June,” Angelique says.

Now, a year later, she’s grateful for her son’s miraculous recovery. “Things are going a lot better.

“He’s just like a normal little boy. There’s nothing wrong with him at all.”

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