A Pretoria paramedic was shifted to an ordinary ward in a hospital in Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Sunday after he was attacked en route to Pretoria earlier this weekend and stabbed 28 times with a sharp object in his back and chest.
Nico Stapelberg, 37, says he fell into the road early on Friday after a business visit in the Northern Cape when he stopped at a shop between Koffiefontein and Bloemfontein in the Free State to buy soft drinks.
“I do not know the area well and was attacked by four young men who wanted my wallet and cellphone. After giving them my purse and dark glasses and saying I didn’t have my phone with me, they started to stab me with a sharp object. “
Stapelberg says he was stabbed about 28 times.
“I applied basic first aid to myself and then drove in the direction of Orania. Local security services got me halfway where they applied further relief to me before rushing me to the doctor in Orania, ”he explains.
After weighing in about sending a helicopter to transport him to a hospital in Bloemfontein, Stapelberg heard that a helicopter was not authorized. A local doctor and sister hurriedly put a drainage tube in his chest before being rushed to Kimberley by ambulance.
Arriving there, Stapelberg was admitted to the Gariep Mediclinic, where he had to reinforce in the emergency room until this morning before being moved to the regular ward.
“If it wasn’t for the doctor and sister [who inserted the drainage tube] things could have gone very differently,” Stapelberg says now.