A mum-of-two has been left unable to move her face after she was injured in a hit and run incident on a romantic getaway with her fiancé.
Charlene Drotsky went to spend the night of April 2 in Malmesbury, Cape Town, with some friends and at the end of the night, they were offered a lift home by a stranger.
Thinking their night had been saved, the group accepted but when Charlene, the last to be dropped off, was exiting the vehicle, the driver reversed and trapped her leg under the front wheel.
She screamed for the driver to stop but instead, he tried to make a hasty escape, driving over her waist with the front and back tyres in the process.
The stranger left her on the road as her fiancé, Corné Viljoen, came rushing to help and phoned emergency services.
She was rushed to Tygerberg Hospital where she is receiving treatment for critical injuries to her scapula, pelvis and several ribs.
The mum, who has not seen her children since leaving for the holiday, also suffered internal bleeding that led to her contracting septicemia and had bleeding on her lungs that needed to be drained.
Her medical bills have mounted up to R75,000 (£3,750) which her family are fundraising to afford as they say it is a long road to recovery.
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Charlene’s sister, Marcelle said: "Charlene is a wonderful mother and a kind-hearted person who didn’t deserve to be discarded the way she was.
"This incident has devastated our family, especially Charlene’s two boys who weren’t convinced that she survived the ordeal. They don’t understand what has happened and cry daily for her to come home.
"We are hoping to raise R75 000 to transfer Charlene to a hospital in Klerksdorp, where she can get the best possible care, and be close to the boys that miss her dearly.
"Funds raised will also help cover Charlene’s medicine, walking aids, as well as the physical and emotional therapy she will need to recover.
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"The most difficult thing is feeling hopeless and helpless when someone you love is struggling or in pain. We hope that the public will help lighten the burden we are facing and help us seek justice for what has happened to Charlene."
The crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy has raised R8,500 (£421) so far.
Malmesbury police are investigating the incident.
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