Lion attack victim turns 12 today – but he's still in a coma

By Hilda Van Dyk
25 April 2017

Earlier this month, he was attacked by a ‘tame’ lion while visiting a family friend’s farm.

Kristian Prinsloo turns 12 today but is still in a coma in the intensive care unit of the Muelmed Hospital in Pretoria. Kristian was attacked by a lion a few weeks ago.

As opposed to previous years, when Kristian’s parents, Herman and Adri, would usually celebrate the day with some or other party, they will now spend their only little boy’s special day discussing with doctors what they should do next, says his uncle, Nico Strydom.

In the Facebook group, that was started in support of Kristian, Herman thanked God for the miracle -- ‘who has the humour and little laugh that is as infectious as a cold’ -- he blessed them with 12 years ago.

“Lord, may this day be filled with Your unending grace and supernatural healing,” Herman wrote.

Well wishes and prayers have been pouring in for Kristian, a learner at Louis Leipoldt Primary in Centurion, since this morning.

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Earlier this month, he was attacked by a ‘tame’ lion while visiting a family friend’s farm in Lephalale (previously called Ellisras) with his grandmother.

The lion grabbed Kristian by his throat. The boy had severe swelling on his brain and has since been in a critical condition. He was connected to a ventilator.

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Yesterday morning, Herman wrote on the page that there were a few ‘setbacks and stressful moments’ the past weekend, with Kristian's pulse, blood pressure and body temperature worrying doctors.

Everything stabilised by Sunday and his reasonably steady levels returned.

At this stage, one of the biggest concerns is an infection. In the meantime, Kristian has also developed bronchitis.

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