Sbahle Mpisane opened her eyes for the first time on Tuesday – six days after the horror crash that left her fighting for her life.
Her father, Sbu Mpisane, said that the family had been filled with hope as they continued to hold vigil at her bedside in the Intensive Care Unit at the Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital.
“Breaking News… She just opened her eyes,” Sbu said via text message.
The model’s father Sbu told TimesLIVE that his daughter seems to be on the mend after undergoing surgery following a horrific car crash in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“Today is the first 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,” TimeLIVE quote Sbu as saying.
Sbu also confirmed that his daughter was now able to breathe on her own but St Augustine’s Hospital were keeping her on life support as a precaution.
“Breathing has begun although her support system for breathing is still in place. She is still kept under intensive monitoring at ICU,” he told TimesLIVE.
Sbahle has been in a critical condition since the early hours of Thursday morning when her sportscar left Margaret Mncadi Avenue (formerly Victoria Embankment) in Durban and ploughed into a tree. Paramedics had to use Jaws of Life to remove her from the vehicle after it overturned.
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."