A freak accident at Cape Town Train Station has left a four-year-old boy fighting for his life. The incident occurred when a solid plastic board fell from a Prasa-owned building and struck the boy on the head.
The child, accompanied by his parents, had travelled from the Northern Cape for a medical appointment at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.
The boy’s mother, Madeline Daniels, described the terrifying moment when the panel hit her son as they were walking near the station.
She expressed her disbelief at how quickly their lives had changed and the impact it had on their vibrant and energetic child. The boy was immediately rushed to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit.
The family now faces financial difficulties, as they owe Netcare R3,800 for the transportation of their son to the hospital.
Additionally, they are stranded in Cape Town, unable to return home due to the ongoing medical situation. Fyzle Daniels, the boy’s father, expressed his concern for his wife, who cannot be left alone at the hospital, and the lack of family support in Cape Town.
The family is appealing for assistance with accommodation while they remain in Cape Town. The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has confirmed the boy’s admission but cannot provide further details due to patient confidentiality.
Prasa, the railway authority, is investigating the incident and plans to cooperate with the relevant authorities to determine the cause and prevent similar accidents in the future. Prasa has also assured the family that they will be in touch to offer support.