Drotské discharged from BFN hospital

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Former Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske. Photo: Gallo Images / The Citizen

Former Springbok hooker, Naka Drotské, is now recovering at home after being discharged from Mediclinic in Bloemfontein on Sunday, January 6.

Drotské thanked people for their prayers and concern over the last five weeks on his Facebook page. He says he appreciates the overwhelming support that he has received from everyone and thanked God for giving him another shot at life. The former hooker was shot in an armed robbery at his brother’s smallholding, outside Pretoria, in late November 2018. He was shot in the chest, abdomen and arm and lost a significant amount of blood in the incident. He received treatment from the Netcare Montana hospital in Pretoria. After being discharged and travelling home to Bloemfontein, Drotské’s health went on to deteriorate again on December 11, due to internal bleeding.

Three days after his relapse, OFM News spoke to Mediclinic surgeon, Dr Geofré Heyns, who said that a team of doctors managed to do a complete resuscitation after he went into Hypovolemic shock which occurs when you lose more than 20% of your body’s blood. Drotské had to undergo a massive transfusion which he responded well to, according to the surgeon. Dr Heyns mentioned that they were not able to determine exactly from which point he bled as a number of factors could have resulted in the bleeding, but they were able to locate the source of the bleeding eventually and successfully stopped the internal bleeding. Heyns noted that the doctors at the Netcare Montana hospital in Pretoria, who helped him after he was shot, did everything they were supposed to do and had in no way missed something that could have prompted Drotské’s setback.

Doctors were very optimistic about the former Springbok player’s recovery.

Olebogeng Motse / OFM News