Paramedics make 6-year-old accident survivor's dream come true

2015-12-24 18:34
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In May this year, six-year-old Goodenough Mhlongo was fighting for his life when he was hit by a car in Shaka’s Rock on the KZN north coast. In a desperate bid to save his life, paramedics called for a chopper to airlift him to hospital. Seven months later, the paramedics that helped save his life organised another trip in a helicopter – one the plucky six-year-old could remember.

Durban – When 6-year-old Goodenough Mcineka regained consciousness after a car accident in Shaka's Rock on May 27, he was surprised to hear that he had been airlifted to hospital.

His dream had always been to become a pilot. Unfortunately, he could not remember his first take-off. On Thursday, the IPSS Medical Rescue team made his dream come true by arranging a helicopter ride for him and his siblings, twins Zanele and Siphiwe.

"This was a dream come true for my son. He loves aeroplanes and he always wanted to become a pilot," his father Wiseman Mcineka, 40, said.

"But today he told me it was too high and he is considering steering ships instead," he chuckled after his son's flight.

Mcineka said he received a phone call at 7:20 on the morning of that day in May, informing him his son had been in an accident. His bosses rushed him to the scene and he found IPSS paramedics tending to the boy.

"The first thing I saw was my 12-year-old twins, who had been with him, crying. I thought he was dead because there was a crowd of people around him."

The children had been walking to school when a car hit Goodenough.

"I asked them how bad was it and they told me that it was bad, but gave me hope that they were doing their best to try and save him."

He was unconscious when the helicopter airlifted him to Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Mcineka said he was at his son’s bedside when he opened his eyes the next day.

"He was in shock and I asked him if he remembered what had happened. He couldn’t. He asked me where he was and I told him that he was safe."

Goodenough was discharged from intensive care after five days and transferred to a hospital in Stanger. He was discharged two weeks later.

"My son has always wanted to become a pilot and I asked him if he remembered being airlifted to the hospital. He was surprised and excited when he heard that and said he didn’t remember anything."

IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst said they went to visit Goodenough in hospital on his birthday on June 3.

"We came with presents and he told me he did not remember the ride, so we promised to take him up again."

Goodenough sat in front during the hour-long flight over Ballito.

"When he came back from the ride, he was all smiles. We are happy to have fulfilled his dream," Herbst said.

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