Gang victim left paralysed



October 4, 2016
Gang victim left paralysed

Waseema Ismail, 26, visited by Councillor Angus McKenzie. CREDIT: Manqoba Nigidi/ Daily Voice

Young mom shot in neck assisted by a councillor.

A young mother who was shot in the neck by gangsters will be paralysed for the rest of her life.

Last week, doctors told the family of Waseema Ismail she will never walk again after a gang bullet ripped through her spinal cord and neck.

Waseema had been walking to a tuck shop in Bonteheuwel Avenue when gunmen opened fire on her and a male friend on Monday, September 26.

The man, who was the target, was not injured.

Waseema is now in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Groote Schuur Hospital while her elderly grandmother, Rohfeeqah Brown, 62, cares for her disabled mother, Washiela Wentzel, 41, who suffered a stroke five years ago, as well as her six-year-old son.

Washiela is unable to speak and has lost use of her right hand.

Last week, Bonteheuwel ward councillor, Angus McKenzie, visited Rohfeeqah and promised to arrange a birth certificate for Asheeq, so he can get a state grant.

Waseema’s cousin, Shanaaz Du Preez, told the Daily Voice the young mother is fighting for her survival.

“She is paralysed from the neck down but has sensation in her shoulder and left hand,” Shanaaz explains.

“There is a pipe in her throat which is helping her to breathe. She breathes in but has a problem exhaling.

“She is able to talk to us and the doctors want her to heal and relax now.

“Waseema is a fighter and is strong, she has a determination in her to get better, and even walk again.”

The cousin says Waseema has made peace with the people who shot her: “She said we must leave it in God’s hands and we respect that.”

Granny Rohfeeqah says she appreciates the help from McKenzie.

“It’s hard for me as a pensioner because my daughter suffered a stroke and I have the grandchild to see to,” the ouma says.

“Waseema has a drug problem and never had a fixed address, that is why we could never sort out Asheeq’s birth certificate. She left the child in our care.”

McKenzie, who visited Waseema in hospital yesterday, confirmed he will assist the family.

“I will help them to get the boy a birth certificate as this child needs to go to school,” he says.

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