Despite desperate efforts by trauma specialists, an eight-year-old Pietermaritzburg boy died at St Anne’s Hospital this afternoon (Friday) after being savaged by TWO DOGS yesterday.
James Sinkins was playing in the garden of his Howick home yesterday when the dogs entered the property and attacked him. His mum Estelle, who is the art’s editor at the Witness Newspaper, rushed him to hospital where surgeons operated on him throughout the night to repair the damage the dogs had inflicted on him. It is believed one of James’s arteries was severely damaged.
At 2.30am on Friday James came out of theatre and was taken to the high care ward. He had lost a large volume of blood. He was later transferred to the ICU at St. Anne’s Hospital requiring further blood transfusions and more surgery. Tragically James died in the late afternoon of cardiac complications.
There was an outpouring of shock, anger and grief on social media sites yesterday as news of the tragedy spread throughout the city and beyond.
At this stage police are still investigating the attack.