- Daniel de Wet completed the Comrades Marathon after surviving being impaled on a 1.8-meter length of crowbar has given his medal to the trauma surgeon who saved his life
- Professor Kenneth Boffard led a trauma team which is credited with Daniel’s near-miraculous survivor following a horror accident in January 2015
- Boffard challenged Daniel to run the Comrades again once he had recovered and was reportedly shocked when his patient actually completed the event
Daniel de Wet completed the Comrades Marathon after surviving being impaled on a 1.8-meter length of crowbar has given his medal to the trauma surgeon who saved his life. Professor Kenneth Boffard led a trauma team which is credited with Daniel’s near-miraculous survivor following a horror accident in January 2015.
Daniel handed the framed medal to Boffard and his team at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday and said the gesture was a small token of thanks not just from him but on behalf of all the patients at the world-class facility.
Daniel was an avid runner before the accident and had completed the ultra-marathon six previous times. Boffard reportedly challenged Daniel to complete a seventh event once he had recovered fully.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Milpark Hospital communications department confirmed that Boffard was shocked when he heard that Daniel had completed the event and said he could not believe that Daniel had taken his advice seriously.
Daniel was emergency airlifted from Carletonville to Johannesburg after he slipped while working in an underground mine. He was working on a blocked dam using the crowbar to clear sludge when he slipped and was impaled.
Sport24.com reported that the crowbar entered Daniel in his lower abdominal area and exited near his shoulders. The bar only just missed penetrating his heart.
Daniel lost a kidney due to the accident but made a miraculous recovery and walked out of the hospital unaided just 19 days after the accident took place.
His survival has been described as a miracle and attributed to the mine’s very well executed medical emergency rescue plan, the paramedics who initially treated Daniel and of course the world-class trauma team at the hospital under the leadership of Boffard.
Daniel also donated the crowbar to the hospital once he was released. He wanted the tool which had come close to ending his life to become a beacon of hope to other trauma patients.
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