A paralysed resident at a Cape Town nursing home died when his wheelchair toppled into the canal from a walkway outside at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre.
Graham Clark, a former Marion Island team leader had been a resident of Eric Miles Cheshire Home in Milnerton for 33 years after suffering a stroke in 1982.
The stroke left him paralysed from the mouth down.
Alet Bosman, the home’s general manager said Clark and his long-time carer Lesley spotted ducks in the canal and Clark wanted to feed them. He sent Lesley to the specially equipped van to fetch WeetBix they had just purchased.
As Lesley was returning, he heard a splash and rushed to where he had left his charge. He immediately jumped into the water and managed to pull Clark, who had been strapped into his wheelchair from the water. Efforts to resuscitate Clark were unsuccessful.
Lesley received trauma counselling after the tragedy and Bosman has commended him for “adding value” to Clarke’s life.