BREAKING: Child airlifted after severe burns

LYDENBURG – A 10-year-old child had to be airlifted to a Johannesburg hospital after he sustained severe burn wounds.

According to Netcare 911 paramedic, Andre Denysschen, the child sustained these burns when he was allegedly burnt with boiling water.

“According to information received, the child sustained the wounds by means of a boiling kettle.”

The child was rushed to the medical centre for treatment. Dr Nicolaas van Velden treated the child. Van Velden confirmed that the child sustained the burns by means of boiled kettle water. “He sustained third-degree burns to 30 percent of his body.”

Denysschen was called to arrange for the transport of the child via Netcare’s Bell222 helicopter. In the meantime, local hazmat operator, Deon Broekman arranged that part of Viljoen Street at the medical centre be closed off for its landing. It took the helicopter a mere hour to reach the town from Johannesburg.

Doctors and Netcare 911 paramedics stabilised the child before he was loaded into the helicopter. He was flown to Garden City hospital in Johannesburg for treatment.

According to Nick Dollman Media Liaison officer of Netcare Limited the child, due to the seriousness of his injuries, the location of the incident as well as the specialised treatment that was required, was transported to the specialised children’s Burns Unit.

The name of the child was not immediately available and further details will follow.

Narda Vermaak

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