Wounded Good Samaritan faces mounting medical bills

2016-06-01 17:20
Wounded waitress Stephanie Meyer and her friend Tahne Bush. (Supplied)

Wounded waitress Stephanie Meyer and her friend Tahne Bush. (Supplied)

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Durban - A Durban woman who was shot and wounded while trying to aid a gravely injured hijacking victim says she is facing destitution as her medical bills mount.

Stephanie Meyer was shot in the arm after she and a friend had stopped to help a man who had been shot in the face during a hijacking in Morningside on Friday night.

Meyer, a waitress, looked into the eyes of the gunman after she drove into the path of their escape in a stolen car. The bullet broke her arm.

“Obviously the paramedics in the ambulance attended to my wound and they stopped the bleeding. At the hospital I was X-rayed and they found out it was a clean break, so they put on a temporary cast and the wound was covered up and not stitched,” she said.  

In pain and only given paracetamol from the hospital, Meyer said she could feel the bones moving against one another.

“I went to a private doctor today because I was in so much pain. He said that I may need plates or screws to make sure the bone heals properly, so now I will need to see an orthopaedic surgeon and have new X-rays done.

“I am not on medical aid and don’t have money for this, so I was thinking about trying to take out a loan. I don’t want to lose the use of my arm,” she said.

The Berea Mail reported that Meyer got a R5 000 bill from ambulance service Life Response 24/7.

Her mother Suzanne on Wednesday said the bill had in fact been issued by Netcare 911, who  transported her husband to hospital three weeks earlier. Meyer's father subsequently died after a long illness.

Life Response 24/7 founding owner, Denver Moodley, said the company had decided not to charge Meyer for treating and taking her to hospital.

"She was injured while in service to a member of the community and that is an ethos we share. We wish her a speedy recovery," he said.

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