where she turned the cold taps onto the now blue child.
Liesbet ran to the back fence where she saw Sello, the neighbor, Angus' colleague and who, ironically had the day off - and shouted that Abby had had a convulsion. Sello cleared the boundary fence in one leap and Amanda said as she turned around from the bathroom she saw Sello in the passage. Liesbet had given him Angus' car keys and Sello grabbed Abby, loaded her into the car (the garage leads off from the passage) and told Amanda to jump into the back with the child.
Rina who had heard all this from our garden, said that she saw Amanda's car reverse out of the garage, and race down the street past our house. Liesbet and Francina (Amanda's house-lady) ran to our boundary fence, and both crying hysterically, told Rina, John, the gardener and my house-lady, Ericca what had happened. All three my people then burst into tears!
While Liesbet recounted the scene to Rina and team, they heard Ballina, Sello's wife pull up in the street, and shortly behind her, Amanda's parents in their car. Rina told them that Sello had taken Amanda and Abby to the doctor's surgery and they all set off in that direction.
Afterwards I spoke to Marianne, the doctor's receptionist who's a neighbor and good friend of mine. She said she had never seen a child in a coma caused by a fever convulsion. She told me that Sello ran into the surgery with Abby in his arms and straight to Dr Henk's rooms. Henk placed an oxygen mask over Abby's face which stabilized the child. He also gave Amanda a tranquiliser. The poor lass was in a terrible state. Henk had arranged for Amanda and her mum to ride in the ambulance with Abby. He wanted her to go to the city hospital to check her lungs - it seemed that Abby had inhaled water when Amanda dunked her under the cold tap. At the hospital the paramedic and driver remove a comatose Abby on the gurney from the ambulance
Poor little mite...
Angus had just entered the traffic in Johannesburg when he got the call from Amanda. He turned around and drove (quickly, I think!) down the N1 National Freeway to Bloemfontein. He met up with Amanda, Celia (and Lourie who'd arrived in his car with Joel and little Liam) and Abby - now settled in a ward.
Angus sent me photos of Abby who'd by now been settled in the hospital bed with a drip in her arm
By now we'd arrived home - Grant almost fully recovered, except for a cast on his arm. Angus and Amanda spent the weekend at the hospital with Abby.
On Monday morning Rina and I walked over to Amanda - Angus had taken the day off - to see how Abby was. She showed me the two puncture marks in her right arm and said that she'd been to the hospital! When I asked her if she remembered going in the "bee-bah" (what our kids call an ambulance) she said: "No, I was in the hospital!" She had no recollection at all of riding in the ambulance to the city!
Our petite little Abby on Monday after the fright she'd given everyone
over the weekend
Abby is scheduled to have her tonsils removed next week. These little appendages had caused the high fever and ultimate convulsion.
All's well that ends well!