kykNET’s Theunis Nel improving after losing arm (multimedia)

Theunis Nel continues to recover after his right arm was amputated on Tuesday following a motorcycle accident in Pretoria.

Theunis Nel continues to recover after his right arm was amputated on Tuesday following a motorcycle accident in Pretoria.

On Thursday morning, Nel’s wife, Mareli, confirmed that her husband had awoken from his coma.

“I’ve just spoken to the hospital and Theunis is awake! He responded with his eyes. Please continue to pray,” she said in a Facebook post.

According to the Cape Amputee Clinic, it could take months of training if Nel is to receive a prosthetic.

He would have to go through pre-prosthetic training, stump coning as well as physical and lifestyle preparation.

According to paramedics, Nel slammed his BMW 1150 GS into the side of a bakkie in Garsfontein on Monday and was found 100m from the bike after the accident.

Nel was then transported to the intensive care unit at Unitas hospital in Centurion, where he was also placed in an educed coma.

Family spokesperson and co-host of motoring programme Woema, Anria van Heerden in a Facebook post quoted some of Nel’s friends who had reportedly visited him at the hospital on Wednesday.

The Facebook group, Theunis Nel – WOEMA – Updates, had been created by Van Heerden to keep the public updated on Nel’s condition and currently has more than 2 000 members.

In the post, Abe and Alinda Pretorious were quoted as saying they had seen Nel and that doctors were satisfied with his condition and that his vitals looked normal.

According to the post, lower levels of anaesthesia were being administered to Nel, while he was no longer being given adrenaline.

“He also looks really good – some shampoo and a shave and his colour will be back,” they said.

There has been a continuing out-pour of support for the presenter on the group’s timeline while fellow bikers and members of the public held a prayer vigil outside the hospital on Tuesday night.

In July last year, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren was involved in a crashthat led to a brain injury and subsequent vision impairment.

The Kaptein-crooner has since had to wear an eye patch or sunglasses in public.


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