Pregnant woman run over by carwash employee still in critical condition in hospital


Today should have been the day she became a mom. 

Instead Belinda Louw lies heavily sedated in the intensive care unit of the Muelmed Hospital in Pretoria.

The 35-year-old was waiting near the carwash of a Sasol filling station in Gezina when a carwash employee lost control of a vehicle ploughed into her.

Belinda was seriously hurt and she lost her unborn baby.

Read more: Pregnant woman loses baby days before due date after she’s run over at car wash

Her brother Alex Louw said on Friday the family would not be talking to the media. They believed it was Belinda's choice, and she would make the decision when she was well enough to do so.

Belinda broke her wrist, six ribs and her pelvis, suffered lacerations to her pancreas and hurt her lungs and kidneys.

According to Sasol spokesperson Alex Anderson, Belinda was in the waiting area while her car was being washed.

A Sasol employee was trying to maneuver a Toyota Fortuner from the washing area to vacuuming area when he lost control.

"The employee, who was not authorised to move the vehicle, decided to drive the vehicle without permission and in violation of the franchise’s policies," Anderson said.

Belinda was 38 weeks pregnant with her son, who would have been born by Caesarean section today.

She and her fiancé, Corné Hitge, were going to call him Ryan.

On Saturday, devastated Corné wrote on his Facebook page: “Let my son rest softly at Your feet, Lord, and please help my darling through this time. Amen.”

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