JHB schoolgirl steals ER24’s heart

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Recently ER24 responded to a call where a 11-year-old schoolgirl was knocked down by a car while on her way to school. Her leg was broken and paramedics had to cut through her school uniform. This action was necessary to fully assess her injuries.

Although the little girl’s mom was devastated seeing her daughter injured, she was also very upset that the girl’s school shirt was cut open as they have no money and that was the only uniform she had.

Tannith Mottershaw, an Advanced Life Support (ALS) medic from the ER24 Johannesburg North branch, along with her partner Lliam Richmond, were the two paramedics on scene.

After they took the girl to the hospital, Tannith approached the mom and apologised for cutting her daughter’s uniform.

“The mother broke down and said that she cannot afford a new school uniform. I told her that we will sort out the uniform and all the rest,” said Tannith.

That is exactly what she did.

‘I immediately sent out a message to the rest of the crew and everyone started contributing. We managed to raise more than R2 000 for her. We bought her a new school uniform, stationery, toys and much more,” said Tannith.

On Monday Tannith, along with some of the crew members, took the donations to the little girl at her family home in the informal settlement of Kya Sands, Johannesburg.

“We all got goosebumps as we gave her the goodies. The first thing she picked up was the new school shirt. She was so happy about it and immediately hugged it close to her body,” said Tannith.

But Tannith and the team decided to do even more for the little girl and her family.

“When we arrived there we realised the mother was taking care of eight children. We decided that we will be buying the family groceries every month for the rest of the year,” said Tannith.

“Dr Robyn Holgate has also kindly offered her services. She will be taking over all further assessments and checkups needed by the little girl relating to her injury. We will also be sponsoring the little girl’s transportation to and from the hospital,” said Dewet Jooste, branch manager of ER24 Johannesburg North, who also joined on Monday.

Jooste couldn’t be prouder of his team.

“They all went out of their way to make it happen. Tannith was the team leader and took everything upon herself, but it was a big team effort. Everyone was willing to help. I cannot ask for a more amazing team. In the end, it isn’t just about the salary; it is about caring for another person,” said Jooste.

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