learners at Hoërskool Brandwag in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape broke their
necks in two unrelated accidents this year.
was lucky enough to welcome her son home this week knowing he’ll probably be
making a full recovery. But another family has had to accept the fact that life
for them won’t be the same.
der Berg (15) was discharged from hospital on Monday after being in a serious
car accident in July. But Dano Swart (18) was less lucky. He’s now a
quadriplegic and still in the Aurora Rehabilitation Hospital in Port Elizabeth.
parent’s natural instinct to protect their offspring. But on the morning of 26
July, when a white bakkie ran the stop street between Preller Way and Albertyn
Lane in Uitenhage, Sonica van der Berg (35), Morné’s mom, could’ve done nothing
to prevent the accident.
thoughts keep jumping to what you could’ve done differently. If only I’d left
earlier that morning, or perhaps I could’ve swerved . . .
hit the passenger side of their vehicle at speed, leaving Morné, a top athlete,
with two fractured neck vertebrae and a broken arm.
August, after spending two weeks in traction, Morné’s neck was operated on. He
was discharged about a week later.
been home . . . I managed to sleep through the night. My body’s always tired.
But I’ve been more at peace since he’s been sleeping in his own bed,” Sonica