GEORGE NEWS - Georgian Dolly Subramoney, who sustained fourth degree burn wounds in a fire at Ou Tol Cango Retreat the weekend before last, was transferred to Tygerberg Hospital yesterday afternoon.
Her son, Delaney Subramoney-Cloete, said he and his brother, D'Angelo, went to see her on Sunday in the ICU of George Hospital, where she was admitted a week before. "Tygerberg has the best burns unit in the country, and they feel that she will be in better hands if she is there," he said yesterday.
Subramoney sustained severe burns on a weekend away with two friends, René Mouton and Delene Pillay, when their chalet caught alight in the early hours of the morning. She was last to escape the burning chalet and sustained severe injuries.
Subramoney had been put in a medically induced coma, but Delaney said she was awake and off the ventilator during their visit on Sunday. "She was very tired, confused and in a bit of discomfort. She asked us where she was and how she became injured, but struggled to speak because she hasn't used her voice in so long. She was very glad to see us and glad that her friends were okay. We understand that comatose patients sometimes struggle to remember the events that brought them there but that this will wear off."
He said doctors are confident that she will recover well. "We are pleased with her progress and their capabilities. She will be kept sedated to make sure she is not too uncomfortable while being bedridden."
Delaney expressed the family's gratitude to the Eden Lions Club that has arranged for a member of a Cape Town Club to see to whatever Subramoney, a member of the Eden Lions, needs when her family is not around.
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