The family of a University of Pretoria student who was hit by a car in Hatfield need financial assistance to pay for her rehabilitation.
Adel Cato sustained injuries to the head in July and was in a coma for close to three months after she was knocked over by a car.
Recently Cato regained consciousness and moved to a rehabilitation centre where she is being taught to walk and talk again.
Her father Frank Cato said after the medical aid had paid, the family would be left with a R500 000 shortfall.
Cato said the family was in need of assistance to cover the shortfall.
Adel’s bill has cost the family R1.6 million for the two and half months she has been in hospital.
“R1.3 million was for her stay in ICU and medical aid paid R180 000 of that,” he said.
“The rest of the money we had to pay with the help of people who came forward to assist. So the hospital bill is almost fully covered.”
Cato said the family was very positive about Adel’s recovery in recent days as she had started eating and communicating.
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He said she was more aware of her surroundings, but doctors were still assessing the extent of her brain damage.
He said the family was open to any form of assistance that would contribute to their daughter’s wellbeing.
“It’s still a long way to recovery, but we are very positive with the progress she has made.”
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