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Woman faces part amputation after trying to separate two hyenas

02 October 2017 - 18:17 By Alex Patrick
The medics were already tending to people at a truck crash when a car came bearing a badly injured woman in her 50s - she had tried to seperate two fighting hyenas and nearly lost her hand.
The medics were already tending to people at a truck crash when a car came bearing a badly injured woman in her 50s - she had tried to seperate two fighting hyenas and nearly lost her hand.
Image: Emer-G-Med

What started out as a fairly routine rescue for Johannesburg paramedics took an unusual turn after a helicopter meant for a truck crash victim had to instead airlift to hospital a middle-aged woman who tried to break up a fight between two hyenas - and nearly lost her hand doing so.

Paramedics were attending a truck crash on the R512 near Lanseria‚ North West of Johannesburg‚ on Monday afternoon.

According to Emer-G-Med Operations Manager‚ Jurgen Kotze‚ a large sand truck rear-ended another large truck‚ entrapping a male passenger.

Kotze said the extrication process took around 90 minutes.

"Whilst we were working on him‚ in the backup of traffic‚ a car came through with a badly injured woman in her 50s.

"The woman had tried to break up a fight between two hyenas on a neighbouring game farm and subsequently suffered a partial amputation of her left hand."

Kotze said the woman was allegedly a hyena handler.

The woman was flown to Millpark hospital.

Kotze said the truck crash victim was transported to hospital via ambulance with a possible fractured pelvis and two possible fractured femurs.

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