Grateful to be alive

Dinesh Govender will require ongoing treatment on his severely injured arm.

Dinesh Govender, 37, is grateful to be alive despite being dragged about 22 metres when he was hit by a car over a week ago.
Govender, who sustained severe injuries to his right arm and lost a piece of his left ear in the accident, said it is only through God’s grace that he is alive.
Govender, who is unemployed, moved to Echo Road in Manor Gardens a few months ago in the hopes of finding a job.
An emotional Govender recounted his ordeal and said he was walking back to the house where he shares a room with a friend, Donovan Kolm, when he was hit by the car.
“It happened so fast. I thought I was going to die. The driver didn’t stop until he realised I was caught under his car. He reversed over me and drove off,” said Govender.
He was assisted by paramedic Morne Otto who heeded the call for assistance on a WhatsApp chat group. Otto was instrumental in rendering medical assistance until the ambulance arrived and took Govender to the Northdale Hospital.
Since the accident, Otto and PMB SAPS Youth Desk chairperson, Muhammad Omarjee, have started a food and clothing drive to assist Govender and other residents living in the house in Echo Road. Morne said it was tragic to see what happened to Govender.
“I pray for his recovery and I hope the person who did this is caught and brought to book,” he said.
Non-perishable food and clothing and can be dropped off at the BP Manor Garage. Omarjee said the people in the house live in terrible conditions.
“Morne alerted me to the living conditions of Dinesh and his friends. We are appealing to the community to donate either clothing or food that will be handed to the residents in that house. We also appeal to anyone who saw the accident to call the police with information, said Omarjee.
Govender, who was released from hospital on Sunday, is still in recovery. What is left of his left ear was stitched up. His right arm which is severely injured will require plastic surgery in the future. He asked for anyone with information to come forward.
“I am just happy to be here and thankful to Morne, my friend Donovan Kolm and all the residents who are helping me. To the driver who left me for dead, I pray that you don’t do this anyone else. I appeal to anyone with information on the person and vehicle that I was knocked by to call the police.”
Govender is in the process of giving a statement to police and seeking legal counsel.
“When I was in hospital, I was heavily sedated and couldn’t speak to police. But now that I am in recovery I will be giving them a full statement on the events of that terrible night,” he said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or have more information can contact Morne Otto on 076 687 5514.

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Keroshini Paltu

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