JADE FREDERICKS, 11,
WOUNDED ON SUNDAY, MARCH 23 2014
RELIEVED grandmother Dorothy Fredericks, 53, is grateful that, while her grandson, Jade, 11, was shot on Sunday last week, his life was spared and he is back at home and on the way to recovery.
“Jade was shot in the head and in the foot. It is a miracle that he is alive. He had a three- hour operation and he survived it. I say thank you to God every day. I cannot describe how relieved I am,” she said.
However, Fredericks said that since Jade, a Grade 6 pupil at Fontein Primary School, was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday evening he had been disoriented and confused.
“He is still very sick. He tosses and turns in his sleep and tells us how his head is paining. He speaks a little and then stops as if he forgot what he was talking about. He says his memory comes and goes, so we are very worried.”
She said Jade was also extremely sleepy, lethargic and in pain. “My duty, and his mother Monique’s duty, now is to ensure he makes a full recovery. I am going to concentrate all my efforts on him.”
Jade was shot and wounded in the same incident in Ibex Road in Helenvale that claimed the life of five-year-old Luchen Pieterse.
Fredericks said Jade’s mother was at work at a harbour restaurant last Sunday.
“I woke up on Sunday morning after having a really bad dream. I had this pain in my chest and just felt that I needed to go to church and pray.”
She said because she had gone to church she had cooked Sunday lunch later than usual.
“Jade’s father died in November and since then he has longed to spend more time with his father’s family so he asked if he could go visit his other granny in Ibex Road. I was against it because he had not had lunch yet and I urged him to stay but he insisted on going.”
She said her sister came with the news later that afternoon that Jade had been shot.
“I rushed to Ibex Road and Jade was there with his other granny. Later we heard that he had been playing near the house which had been the target of the shooting. I do not know what is happening in that street but this is not the first shooting there.”
Fredericks said she felt guilty but also did not want to tell him not to spend time with his paternal family.
“Monique and I argue about this a lot. I just want her to make a good life for both her children. Jade has a younger sister, Laurenique. I am so close to them. It is as if they are my own.”
Fredericks said her own younger brother had been shot when he was in his 20s.
“He was shot in the head as well and he had a seven-hour operation but did not make it. I was scared for Jade but I knew he was safe when the doctors came out and they were smiling. They had all dropped what they were doing when he was rushed in.”
Fredericks said parents in Helenvale needed to be more strict and more focused on their children. “The other problem is that people here do not help each other or support each other. We all need to help each other.
“I am not scared to phone the police if I see a gun. Other people here need to do the same or else things will never change and there will never be peace.”