A Cape Town cyclist who was attacked and got stabbed with a knife right into his skull was rushed to his doctor who immediately started emergency care to remove the knife. After a successful removal of the knife from the skull, doctor has assured that the victim is in a stable condition.
Shaun Wayne had been cycling to the sushi restaurant, where he works, in Strand on Monday when thugs attacked him and stabbed him in the head.
It is understood that he managed to fight off the attackers and flee on his bicycle.
His local GP, Dr Brandon Venter, told News24 that Wayne underwent surgery to have the knife removed, but that the extent of the damage was not clear.
“Blood vessels were affected.”
He said Wayne was in very good hands at Tygerberg Hospital.
Hospital spokesperson Laticia Pienaar confirmed he was in a stable condition on Thursday.
‘Everyone was flabbergasted’
Wayne worked a few metres away from Venter and had cycled to the medical practice in his injured state.
“He knew there would be somebody there to help him.”
A senior doctor gave him one look, made sure he was not bleeding, and decided to rush him to hospital in her car instead of waiting for an ambulance. He was then transferred to Tygerberg Hospital.
While Venter was not there at the time, he said Wayne’s visit this week topped anything they had seen before.
“We had two previous times [when staff were this shaken up]… when Brian Habana came in and when Leon Schuster came in. But this tops it. Everyone was flabbergasted!”
Friend Carl Block commented on social media that Wayne was an “amazing person”.
“I know him for five years now I was in tears all night, could not sleep,” he said.
Former South African cycling champion Wimpie van der Merwe posted the photos of Wayne while the knife was still in his head, and an X-ray of his skull on Facebook.
He shared that he was attacked in the same spot while with his cycling partner last week.
Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, confirmed they were investigating the incident and that no arrests were made.