A teenage girl feared paralysed after a horrific go-karting smash that damaged her spine has amazed medics by moving her feet and toes.
Victim Kristin Govender, 15, was seriously injured when her long hair become entangled with the kart’s engine during a ride at a track in Durban, South Africa.
Her scalp was ripped from her skull, and she had a torn aorta, spinal fractures and a bruised spinal cord in the gruesome accident on 28th December.
Now her father, Vernon Govender, has told how Kristen is recovering from her appalling injuries and is even starting to use her legs again.
He told local media: “Having already spent more than two weeks in hospital, Kristin is feeling slightly better. She moved her feet and toes a little.
“There is steady improvement, as she also sat on the sofa for a longer period. With both feet on the floor, despite not being able to feel the floor sensation, I believe it is just a matter of time before she does.” (sic)
Vernon also talked about her shocking scalp injury, saying: “Doctors call it degloved, which means that her scalp was torn off her head. She has a fractured spine and damages to the spinal cord.” (sic)
Gruesome pictures taken after the accident show Kristen’s long, dark hair wrapped around the engine just a few inches from the driver’s seat at the Action Karting centre in Durban’s Gateway Mall.
The force of the pull snapped her head back towards the engine.
The track’s operators have reportedly refused to talk to local media.
But Michelle Shelly – marketing manager at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping Mall – reportedly said: “Gateway is deeply saddened by the tragic incident […] and are in regular contact with the family.
“Given the sensitivity of the matter and out of respect for the family, the centre is not in a position to provide further details.
“The centre’s security responded immediately after being made aware of the incident and proceeded to call emergency services.
“Where possible, we are able to assist with any information, reports or details needed by the family.”
Kirsten’s family have reportedly hired local legal firm Kruger Attorneys & Conveyancers Incorporated to handle any claim they make.
Newsflash obtained a statement from Kruger Attorneys & Conveyancers Inc saying: “Our offices have been appointed by the Govender family to act on behalf of Ms Kristin Govender who sustained serious injuries in a go-karting incident at the Gateway Mall on 28 December 2022. No decision has been made on the course of any litigation proceedings.
“At present, our client’s sole priority is for their daughter to recover from the injuries she sustained.”
Her father said: “I will deal with the issue of how the incident happened in due course, however, my main priority and focus currently is the health of my daughter.”