Paramedic who survived near fatal gunshot wounds wants to get back to work and save lives

Paramedic who survived near fatal gunshot wounds wants to get back to work and save lives

- Netcare 911 paramedic Walter Molife was shot in Pinetown on Easter morning while off duty

- His injuries left him in a critical state, with emergency surgeries needed to save his life

- However, after three weeks in the Netcare uMhlanga Hospital, Molife says he can not wait to get back to work and save other people’s lives

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Not many people have dedication to their jobs like Walter Molife has to his. After being critically injured from gunshot wounds, the only thing the 38-year-old paramedic wants is to get back to work and save as many lives as he can.

Molife was shot outside his local shisanyama in Pinetown while off duty during Easter time. He sustained gunshot wounds to the left side of his chest and lower abdomen.

News24 reported Molife was left with an open chest wound, a punctured lung and several lacerations to his diaphragm, stomach, pancreas, small intestines and colon.

His condition was critical, and he had to receive the best care possible to survive. After hearing what happened to his colleague, Netcare 911’s KwaZulu-Natal operations manager, Gary Paul, said they were shocked to find out about his condition.

“It came as a shock to the entire team when we heard that Walter, who’s well known and a pillar of his community, had been critically injured through a violent criminal act,” Paul said.

He added they found out Molife, who he described as an asset for Netcare 911 in KZN, had been transported to the nearest medical establishment for emergency care “after the near-fatal shooting and that he wasn’t doing well”.

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Paul said Molifie, who would celebrate 11-years of service at Netcare 911 in May, was badly injured and the team deiced they would do everything in their power to help him.

“When the team and I arrived at the hospital we found Walter in a critical condition,” Paul recalled, adding, “Due to the nature of his injuries he required advanced life support care including being placed on number of drips and a ventilator.”

The regional manager then said as soon as Molife was stable, he was transported to Netcare uMhlanga Hospital for the “highly specialised care he so desperately needed.”

Molife was admitted to the hospital on 2 April, where he was under the care of Dr Mohamed Aslam Noorbhai.

Dr Noorbhai, a surgeon at Netcare uMhlanga Hospital, explained Molife’s injuries was so severe, he needed emergency surgery in order to save his life.

Molife thanked his Netcare colleagues and Dr Noorbhai for all they’ve done to save his life, adding it was a miracle he’s not dead.

“It’s a miracle that I’m alive,” he says. “I woke from the grave.”

He remained in the hospital for three weeks but looks forward to getting back to work.

“I want to live to be 150 years old, and I want to go on and save as many lives as possible.”

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