Blue light victim’s bills still not paid
THE DEPARTMENT of Housing has not yet paid any medical bills for Thomas Ferreira, who was left brain damaged after a collision involving a blue-light vehicle six weeks ago.
This is despite Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane having publicly promised at the time of the collision to pay the teenager’s medical bills.
The teenager was back in hospital on Thursday, after contracting a virus.
Yesterday, department head Mongezi Mnyani said he had yet to discuss the matter with the Ferreira family.
“We still need to sit down with them.
“The department is closed and I am not in the province,” Mnyani said.
He would meet the Ferreiras early next year.
He said the department was committed to working with the family to find a solution.
The the rehabilitation centre to which Ferreira was moved last Monday costs about R120 000 per month.
The family also has to pay R3 000 each week for the next three months for ambulance trips to Life Fourways Hospital for X-rays and scans to monitor the state of Ferreira’s lungs and brain.
Ferreira was readmitted to Krugersdorp Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
“He’s running a high fever, so they decided he’d better go back to hospital,” Ferreira’s father Paul was quoted saying.
The 18-year-old was injured when the official vehicle transporting Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi crashed into him while he was riding a motorcycle six weeks ago.
Mokonyane’s office yesterday reconfirmed the Gauteng government’s commitment to helping the family. – Sapa