Rustenburg – A young couple involved in a road accident last week, reportedly received no medical attention at all – for hours after being admitted to the Job Shimankana Tabane Provincial Hospital (Paul Kruger Gedenk hospitaal/PKG) Instead, two Med/24 paramedics provided the necessary support and care by staying with them until a shift change finally allowed for a doctor to examine them.
Lourens Odendaal and Lillian Pienaar had been out for the evening on Saturday, 28 June, when a pothole in BeyersNaudèRoad about two blocks from the bridge on Helen Joseph Drive, caused Lourens to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a wall. No other vehicles were involved.
The accident occurred just after midnight and Med/24 was on the scene in a matter of minutes. Lourens suffered head and shoulder injuries but managed to get out by the time Med/24 arrived. The rescue team used specialised equipment to free Lillian through the back window of the vehicle which had shattered with the impact of the crash. Lillian complained about back pain and a lack of feeling in her legs and feet.
Not having medical aid, the couple were transported to the Job ShimankanaTabane ProvincialHospital. By this time both the youth’s parents were present.
Speaking to the Platinum Weekly, the parents said that on arrival at the casualty department of the hospital, no beds were allocated to the young people, no sister approached them, no file was opened and no doctor examined them.
Only at 6:00 on Sunday morning after the hospital staff shift-change, did they receive attention. Paramedics Marlin Kops and Tjeere Ngakana only left once Lourens and Lillian had been examined by a doctor.
Lourens’ injuries were attended to and he received several stiches. Lillian was moved to Rustenburg Platinum Mines Hospital where she received excellent care. Still unable to feel her legs and feet, Lillian was transferred to Ga-Rankuwa Hospital on Thursday where she was examined by specialists and operated on. The outcome of the surgery is not yet known.
Lourens and Lillian’s family and friends expressed their deep appreciation to the two Med/24 paramedics who showed compassion far beyond the call of duty.
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