The Lowvelder- 

The eight-year-old boy who was severely burned in Dullstroom this week, safely arrived at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital on Thursday.


December 8, 2017 – MBOMBELA – There is no public hospital in the Lowveld that can deal with severe burn wounds.

Hero Burn Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up to help burn-related services to burn survivors and their families, said the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town is the best for treating children.

With a little help, the foundation managed to arrange the quick transfer for the boy to Cape Town yesterday.

Hero Burn’s founder, Annerie du Plooy, said every hour counts. The boy was urgently transferred from Rob Ferreira Hospital, which is not equipped to take care of burn victims.

The transfer of a burn patient is complicated. First an ICU ambulance transports him or her from hospital to KMI Airport. There a fixed-wing ICU aircraft picks the patient up.

This costs about R150 000, but Aerocare performs it at a much-reduced rate for Hero Burn.

This week Ecumed Medical, Avcom Pilots, Flightsure and Ecomed made large donations to raise the full outstanding amount. Du Plooy was in tears, as time was not on the little boy’s side.

She explained that burn wounds required extreme specialist care and receiving this fast saved lives.

He was transported to the airport by ER24 and airlifted in the afternoon and arrived, in a stable condition, in Cape Town at around 18:00.

Du Plooy also thanked SA Community Crime Watch, Dr Haasbroek at Robs and all other supporters of the foundation.

At the same time, Du Plooy was making arrangements to make the Sibanyoni family’s Christmas wish a reality.

Khosi Sibanyoni (7) arrived home from Cape Town with her mom and baby sister on Friday. The three have been living in Cape Town since Khosi suffered severe burn wounds to more than 80 per cent of her body on November 3 last year.

She had severe burn wounds over 80 per cent of her body, also internally. It is not clear how the fire started, aside from an accident at home.

She was given a 10 per cent chance of survival, which makes her recovery nothing short of miraculous. She was intubated and ventilated in ICU in Rob Ferreira. The Red Cross Children’s Hospital was the only one available to take Khosi.

Her baby sister was a mere four months old at the time. Their mom, Emma Sibanyoni, had to hastily pack to join her unconscious daughter on the flight.


She was in an induced coma and on life support. It was touch-and-go said Annerie