Man cri­ti­cal af­ter quad bi­ke ac­ci­dent

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ABERDEEN — Je­al Fe­bru­a­rie (30) of Aberdeen was se­ri­ous­ly in­ju­red af­ter a f­re­ak ac­ci­dent last T­hurs­day.

Fe­bru­a­rie, who works in El­li­ot as a subcon­trac­tor for E­s­kom, had re­tur­ned to Aberdeen to vi­sit his fa­mi­ly, who li­ve in Brand S­treet. As he did not ha­ve his car with him, he bor­ro­wed his nep­hew’s quad bi­ke and went to get pe­trol for it, just be­fo­re 18:30.

He had on­ly been go­ne for a­bout 10 mi­nu­tes w­hen a re­la­ti­ve rus­hed to the hou­se to tell the fa­mi­ly that Je­al had been in­vol­ved in an ac­ci­dent. W­hi­le dri­ving al­ong G­rey S­treet, he lost con­t­rol of the vehi­cle ne­ar the Rank Mi­ni Mar­ket, and the quad bi­ke o­ver­tur­ned, trap­ping him be­ne­ath it.

Ac­cor­ding to a by­stan­der, it is thoug­ht that the wind had caug­ht the peak of Je­al’s ba­se­ball cap, and he had tried to ca­tch it, cau­sing him to lo­se con­t­rol.

W­hen they re­a­ched the ac­ci­dent sce­ne, the fa­mi­ly mem­bers at first thoug­ht that Je­al had been kil­led out­rig­ht.

T­hank­ful­ly he was still a­li­ve, but he had ob­vi­ous­ly suf­fe­red very se­ri­ous in­ju­ries. A pas­ser-by had stop­ped and lif­ted the bi­ke off Je­al, and he was lying fa­ce do­wn, bleeding pro­fu­se­ly from his he­ad.

The po­li­ce we­re at the sce­ne by this ti­me, wai­ting for the am­bu­lan­ce to ar­ri­ve, and re­pe­a­ted­ly told the fa­mi­ly mem­bers not to tou­ch the in­ju­red man.

His sis­ter Kel­ly ho­we­ver, fe­a­ring that he mig­ht dro­wn in his own b­lood, tried to cle­ar the b­lood from his no­se to cre­a­te an air­way. For­tu­na­te­ly, a pro­fes­si­o­nal nur­se, Sr Mar­tha de Beer from the Aberdeen Hos­pi­tal, was pas­sing and im­me­di­a­te­ly stop­ped and took con­t­rol of the sce­ne to try to sta­bi­li­se the in­ju­red man. She al­so con­tacted Dr De­se­me­le, who re­spon­ded despi­te of­fi­ci­al­ly being on le­a­ve.

The am­bu­lan­ce, which had been re­tur­ning to Aberdeen from Graaff-rei­net, then ar­ri­ved, and the in­ju­red man was ta­ken first to Aberdeen Hos­pi­tal, w­he­re he was seen by Dr De­se­me­le. He was sent to Mid­land Hos­pi­tal in Graaff-rei­net for x-rays, and from the­re to Li­vings­to­ne Hos­pi­tal in Port E­li­za­beth.

His sis­ter Blanch tra­vel­led with him in the am­bu­lan­ce, w­hi­le Kel­ly and their mot­her Ber­nie fol­lo­wed by car, ar­ri­ving at Li­vings­to­ne a­bout 1.30am.

His con­di­ti­on has fluc­tu­a­ted sin­ce his ad­mis­si­on, but his fa­mi­ly re­port that ac­cor­ding to the doc­tors, he is in a se­mi-co­ma. He has a frac­tu­red skull and col­lar­bo­ne and bleeding on the left si­de of his brain. His fa­mi­ly has been told that sur­ge­ry is not an op­ti­on at this sta­ge.

On Sa­tur­day he was re­spon­si­ve and could say his na­me, but litt­le el­se.

By Mon­day, the­re see­med to be a set­back, and he was to­tal­ly un­re­spon­si­ve with no mo­vement. W­hen his mot­her and sis­ter met with Je­al’s doc­tor on Tu­es­day mor­ning, they we­re ur­ged to be pa­tient and not gi­ve up ho­pe.

His mot­her Ber­nie, and her three young gran­d­child­ren are staying in PE with Kel­ly, who is stu­dying at NMU and vi­si­ting him twi­ce dai­ly.

The Fe­bru­a­rie fa­mi­ly would li­ke to thank e­ver­yo­ne for all the mes­sa­ges of sup­port and com­fort that they ha­ve re­cei­ved, from so ma­ny pe­op­le in the Aberdeen com­mu­ni­ty. They are al­so ex­tre­me­ly gra­te­ful for all the pray­ers that ha­ve been said for Je­al’s he­a­ling. Je­al Fe­bru­a­rie in one of his tra­de­mark ba­se­ball caps.

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