A man from the west of Pretoria is finally well enough to share his story after he was shot in the back in August.
Nico Henning (45), a member of AfriForum Pretoria West neighbourhood watch, was shot during a robbery in Danville.
He told Rekord on Wednesday that he remembered everything that happened the night of the shooting right up until he was loaded on to the helicopter.
“There was an alert over the radio for help, but I was not sure what exactly had happened at the time,” he said.
“I ran out in such a hurry that I forgot my radio at home.”
He said when he arrived at the scene, people were standing outside and told him to drive past.
“I did so but as I rounded the corner, I saw more people and decided to rather turn around.
“As I drove past the supermarket for the second time, the suspects were fleeing from the scene.
“Suddenly I felt a warm feeling in my back and I immediately knew that I had been shot.”
Henning said after he was shot, he tried to get other neighbourhood watch members’ attention, to no avail.
“I then realised the only thing left to do was to go home to get help,” he said.
“As I arrived home, I hooted to get my wife’s attention.”
Nico’s wife, Linda, called for help over the radio after she realised what was wrong and they rushed Nico to the nearest hospital.
When they got there, his condition was declared critical and he was transported to Kalafong hospital.
At Kalafong hospital, emergency service Best Care paramedics stabilised Henning before he was airlifted to Netcare Milpark in Johannesburg, where he immediately underwent emergency surgery.
During the procedure, a part of his liver was removed, along with part of his kidney and colon.
His spleen had also been damaged in the shooting.
After the first operation, Henning was stable and underwent a second operation a few days later.
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Nico’s miraculous recovery meant that he was already able to take his first steps at Milpark hospital in Johannesburg two weeks ago.
Henning was discharged from hospital last Friday.
“I am so relieved that my husband is finally back home and that he recovered,” Linda said.
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