Boy shot in cross­fire may never walk again

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JA­NIS KIN­N­EAR

HE MAY never be able to walk again, or ride a bike, a gift he so des­per­ately wanted for Christ­mas.

In­stead, 7-year-old Sadick Stem­met spent the fes­tive day sur­rounded by his fam­ily as he lay in bed at Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

His mother, Sedicka Stem­met, 38, is try­ing to re­main hope­ful that her son will walk, de­spite doc­tors warn­ing that he may be per­ma­nently paral­ysed.

The boy was caught in cross­fire last Tues­day, dur­ing an al­leged gang shoot­ing out­side his home in Olga Court, Ma­nen­berg. He was hit in the back by a stray bul­let.

“The doc­tors say there’s lit­tle chance he could walk again, (even) if they take the bul­let out, but he’s been such a fighter and I’m keep­ing faith he’ll be okay,” the trau­ma­tised mother said.

On Wed­nes­day, she and Sadick’s older sib­lings, Ni­cole, 16, Damian, 14, and Dy­lan, 9, were at his bed­side for Christ­mas.

“He wanted a bike, but I didn’t even go and buy it with all that hap­pened,” said Stem­met.

The child’s spine was left cracked and his lungs dam­aged. The bul­let is lodged in one lung.

His mother re­called rush­ing him to GF Jooste Hos­pi­tal, from which he was later trans­ferred to Red Cross.

“He is in so much pain be­cause he suf­fered a lot of in­ter­nal dam­age and you can’t even press on the bed too hard. He doesn’t even want to go to the toi­let be­cause he is so scared to be alone,” she said.

Hos­pi­tal spokes­woman Angelique Jor­daan con­firmed that Sadick re­mained in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

Once dis­charged he will be treated at the Western Cape Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre.

Last Thurs­day, the al­leged shooter, Tha­biet Basar­dien, 29, ap­peared briefly in the Wyn­berg Mag­is­trate’s Court.

With a list of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, Basar­dien re­mains in cus­tody.

A fu­ri­ous Stem­met said the shoot­ing con­tin­ued on Christ­mas morn­ing. “The gang­sters claimed they would stop the fight­ing for Christ­mas time, but they just car­ried on. When will it stop? Now our chil­dren be­come vic­tims.”

ja­nis.kin­n­ear@inl.co.za

MAIMED: Sadick Stem­met

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