Doctors’ recount mauled child’s fatal wounds

James Sinkins

James was attacked by a neighbour’s German Shepherd-cross dogs while playing on his bicycle in his backyard. His parents Estelle and Graydon, sat dazed with emotion as the doctors testified.
Hilton Life Hospital doctor, Devan Naidoo, described the child as calm despite the severe injuries he had obtained, and as his mother made Naidoo aware, this was because James had been familiar with receiving medical treatment throughout his life.
“He arrived at the casualty carried by his mother wrapped up in a towel soaked with blood,” recalled Naidoo.
“His skin had been totally removed. Blood vessels were visible as a large amount of flesh was removed. There were minor injuries on his neck. We sedated him but he became agitated and needed to be transferred,” continued Naidoo.
Doctor Henry Van Niekerk, who operated with the aim of repairing arterial injury, testified on Friday, that James sustained “deep injuries” and had to be transferred to St. Anne’s Hospital for reconstructive surgery where he succumbed to his injuries.
Previously, plastic surgeon Bronwen Schoenfeld testified that the boy suffered from an undiagnosed syndrome that affected his spine, the inability to speak and a heart condition. Van Niekerk reiterated Schoenfeld’s diagnoses saying that James’ death was due to three reasons: an “underlying heart condition”, the dog attack, and the stress caused from a long and difficult surgery as a result of this.
Dog owners, Shaanaz and Aslam Alladin, who are representing themselves, sat throughout proceedings and had no questions for the doctors who have testified before Magistrate Dieter Schaltz.

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