Glass left in teenager’s wound at Livingstone

Painful wound: Andile Saki, 19, and his mother Cynthia Saki. Picture by: Fredlin Adriaan
Painful wound: Andile Saki, 19, and his mother Cynthia Saki. Picture by: Fredlin Adriaan

Mom may sue hospital

A PORT Elizabeth pupil walked around in agony for 10 days after a gash in his leg was stapled closed with an 8cm shard of glass inside the wound.

Grade 11 Walmer High School pupil Andile Saki, 19, is still limping around on crutches and missing school more than two weeks later because of the pain caused by the infected wound.

His mother, Cynthia, 54, of Ncede Street, Walmer township, fears her son could lose his leg if the wound fails to heal and is considering legal action against Livingstone Hospital.

“He is always in pain and his leg is incredibly swollen,” Saki said.

“The leg seems infected and we do not know what we can do to make it better.

“The local [Walmer township] clinic gave us medicine, but I still fear my son could lose his leg.”

On February 21, Andile’s sister asked him to fill the kettle with water from a tap outside the house.

When Andile went outside, she closed the glass door behind him.

Not realising that the door had been shut, Andile smashed into the glass when he returned and gashed his leg.

-Riaan Marais

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