Monday, September 22, 2014

SA survivors of Nigeria building collapse arrive home

A plane carrying 25 South Africans injured in a building collapse in Nigeria arrived at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria this morning.  The C130 SA Air Force plane touched down at 10.42am.  Three children were among the injured, including an 18-month-old baby and a two-year-old toddler who lost both their parents in the collapse that killed 84 South Africans. 

 It has been a long anxious wait for the families of those who died or were injured in the Lagos building collapse, but early on Monday morning families of many of the injured will be reunited with their loved ones. With varying degrees of injuries, those returning will be taken to the Steve Biko Hospital for medical assessments before being discharged or sent to hospitals close to their homes. Most of the patients were brought out of the plane on stretchers and taken to ambulances parked nearby.

A woman in a red dress, supported by two soldiers, limped to one of the ambulances. Others could also walk to the ambulances, with assistance.  A convoy of Tshwane metro police officers on motorbikes and SA Police Service vehicles escorted the first two ambulances from the military base shortly after 11am. Members of a government inter-ministerial task force, led by Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe, approached the plane carrying the 25 injured South Africans after it landed.

Sending love, light, haling and strength to the patients, their family and friends.

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