South African energy and chemical giant Sasol took responsibility for the plane costs to transport an 11-year-old Mpumalanga patient to a Western Cape hospital, the provincial health department has revealed in a statement.
It said Johannesburg airplane owner Halo Aviation told the Mpumalanga health department that it would cost about R470 000 to fly Vusi Shabangu from Mpumalanga’s Evander Hospital to Western Cape’s Red Cross Children Hospital and back.
Spokesman Dumisani Malamule said: “Given this huge amount, we sought sponsors and then Sasol committed itself that it will take full responsibility for the transportations costs”.
The 11-year-old Secunda boy was burnt inside his shack home together with a younger sibling on 31 July this year. The sibling died afterwards and 11-year-old Shabangu sustained 96% burn wounds to his whole body but was “resuscitated”.
“Due to the seriousness of the boy’s condition, we began to contact Red Cross Hospital to request them to admit the patient after several hospitals in other provinces could not provide assistance.
“The hospital agreed and that they will treat the patient for free”, said Malamule.
Last week Thurday, the boy was taken to the OR Tambo Airport where he was flown to Red Cross Hospital to begin treatment. Mpumalanga Health MEC Gillion Mashego thanked both Sasol and the Red
Cross Hospital for assistance and wished the child a speedy recovery. ”We are grateful for this gesture. I would like to wish Vusi a speedy recovery,” Mashego said.
(edited by ZK)