Ranger attacked by elephant: ‘We don’t know if he’ll ever speak again’

2018-03-08 12:19
PHOTO: Facebook/Erick Breedt

PHOTO: Facebook/Erick Breedt

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The young game ranger’s vocal cords were badly damaged, his left eye was seriously injured, his jaw is broken in three different places and his oesophagus and respiratory tract were torn open, but more than a month later Erick Breedt (21) of Krugersdorp, Gauteng, is still fighting as hard for his life as he did against illegal poaching.

Erick was attacked by an elephant at the Sandringham Private Nature Reserve outside Hoedspruit, Limpopo, on 1 February.

He and a team were busy repairing the fence of the nature reserve when the incident happened.

He was rushed to hospital in Tzaneen and later airlifted to Milpark in Johannesburg where he underwent an operation on his ankle and leg and treatments for his lungs and face fracture. 

Erick is still in the intensive care unit.

“Erick is just one of those special people,” wrote his mother, Annelie Jordaan, on Support for Erick, a Facebook group started for her son.

“He decided to devote his life to the conservation of rhinos and elephants. He always thought his greatest danger was armed poachers but he’d never have thought it was in fact the animals he was fighting to protect.”

Erick was once again in the theatre on Monday for an operation on his vocal cords.

“We’re not sure if Erick will ever be able to speak again. He’s vocal cords suffered a great deal of damage,” his mother said. 

According to local news site, Krugersdorp News, in the last month Eric has undergone an ankle/ leg operation, facial fracture and lung treatment and experienced a dangerously high fever.

However despite all of his daily obstacles, he remains positive. 


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