Athenkosi and his mother were recently transferred from George Hospital to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Athenkosi was severely burnt on his face and upper chest area while he was walking to a family member’s home with his friend. On their way they walked past an electric substation, which exploded. They were rushed to Hospital by Athenkosi’s neighbour.
Athenkosi says he phoned his mother on the way to hospital to tell her that he was on his way there and that something terrible had happened to him. She immediately dropped what she was doing and rushed to meet him there. He explains that he didn’t realise that he was burnt, but his face felt itchy. He was more worried about his friend who had started crying because his arm was in so much pain. The boys were both transferred from George to different Hospitals, Athenkosi to Red Cross Children’s Hospital and his friend to a Hospital in Mossel Bay.
Athenkosi has been treated at the C2 Burns Unit at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital since the accident and is set to go home with his mother, Ntombifikile, on Sunday, 13 December 2015, with a flight proudly sponsored by Kulula.
With a bit of a smile, Ntombifikile says that she is so glad that her son is still alive and she could still talk to him. She hopes that he will go back into their community with a positive attitude and continue to enjoy his childhood.
“This will be my first time flying and I am really excited to go on the plane and tell all my friends about it when we get home,” says Athenkosi.
Dr. Roux Martinez, Medical Doctor at the C2 Burns Unit at Red Cross, organised the flights for her patient, Athenkosi and his mother through the Children’s Hospital Trust, the official fundraiser for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Athenkosi, is one of many patients at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital who will benefit from Kulula’s generosity.