Sbahle Mpisane’s health has taken a turn for the better with her father, Sbu, saying Monday has been the most positive day in their ordeal.
“Today is the first [and most] positive day for all of us. Concrete progress has been unfolding and without going into medical details, her internal bleeding has stopped or [is, at least] extremely lessened,” he said.
This follows a high-impact car accident on Margaret Mncadi Avenue (formerly Victoria Embankment) in Durban in the early hours of Thursday morning.
It has emerged that the high performance BMW M4 – which was torn apart when it ploughed into a pole and palm tree in the early hours of Thursday – is registered under her boyfriend Itumeleng Khune’s name. The car’s price ranges from R1.3-million to R1.6-million.
Sources said Mpisane had been gravely wounded and remained “unstable” – breathing through a tube with the assistance of a ventilator.
One of the first paramedics at the scene said she was “barely breathing”.
“She was in a bad way. She had a massive head injury and was barely breathing,” said the source, adding that both her arms were fractured and she also had a broken leg.
“She was in a critical state.” The moments that followed the impact saw the heroic actions of personal trainer Brian Dube, who battled a fire that was set to engulf the damaged sport scar.
“I just couldn’t watch her burn alive in that car. I couldn’t watch anyone die like that,” Dube said.
He had been lacing his trainers before an early morning shift on Thursday when he heard the sound of crunching metal.
“It was around 4am and I was getting ready for my shift at the gym. I heard the sound of a car hitting the tree outside. I ran to the window and I saw the car upside down. I ran downstairs and I could see that the car was on fire. I grabbed a fire extinguisher from my building and with another man we managed to put the fire out,” said Dube.
At the time, he had no idea the woman in the driver’s seat was Mpisane.
On Thursday, blood still stained the grass whereMpisane had been laid by the paramedics on the centre island on Margaret Mncadi Avenue, along the Durban harbour.
Paramedics had to use Jaws of Life to remove her from the vehicle after it overturned.
Sbu said that Sbahle was breathing on her own, but as a precaution was kept on life support.
“Breathing has begun although her support system for breathing is still in place. She is still kept under intensive monitoring at ICU,” he said.
He thanked the medical team at large from the Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital.
“We hope and pray for a better tomorrow and her eternal recovery.”
Police have confirmed that detectives are probing the circumstances which led up to the accident and registered a case of reckless and negligent driving.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that Sbahle’s BMW had burst into flames after it crashed.
“The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage. A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened in Durban Central police station‚” she said. “Circumstances around the incident are being investigated.”