- Sashni Daniel was seriously injured during a protest action, which saw her being hit by a rock
- According to her family, she would not have seen her 28th birthday if it was not for the prayers of the people
- They also said they had faith in God and the medical personnel who helped her
Sashni Daniel, who was injured by rock-throwing protesters, has thanked the public and health care officials who saved her life.
Briefly.co.za learned Daniel was injured during a protest action at Shaka’s Head in February, where protesters threw rocks at oncoming traffic.
She said she would never have reached her 28th birthday if it was not for the people of South Africa, who prayed for her and funded her medical expenses, nor would she have survived without the medical personnel who tended to her.
IOL reported Daniel spoke with The Mercury at her home in KwaDukuza, where she opened up about the support she had during the difficult time in her life.
She said her mom lives in Cape Town, but she phoned her every day, and her dad visited her regularly in the hospital, which made her day. Daniel also had the unwavering support of her boyfriend, Bradley Naidoo.
Her dad, Kovi, explained a lot of people came to their aid, not always in the form of moral support, prayers and kindness.
“One lady even renovated our bathroom to be wheelchair-friendly to accommodate Sashni. Her orthopedic bed and her wheelchair were donated, her room cupboards were done last week a total stranger recognized her at a shop and gave her R400”, her dad recalled.
Kovi added since the incident their family had gone through hell, but they had faith in God and their doctors.
“After the first operation to clear blood clots, she picked up meningitis, which complicated matters, then she had the stroke which made matters even worse. But the doctors and nurses kept the faith throughout,” said Kovi.
Although Daniel pulled through, she still faces challenges, which requires a full-time carer. Her boyfriend said he would cry at her bedside, adding she did not know who he was.
And, although she does not remember what happened to her, she believes the protesters were wrong.
“I didn’t do anything the protest had nothing to do with me. They must know that they are hurting innocent people,” she said.
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