Airlifted man dies in hospital

Hannes Strydom died in hospital on January 8.
Hannes Strydom died in hospital on January 8.

After more than a month in hospital, Hannes Strydom (79) – the Brakpan man who was airlifted to hospital on December 1 amidst much interest from curious onlookers – died on Friday, last week.

The Herald reported how motorists pulled over on the side of the road and pedestrians had stopped to get a better look at the helicopter that had landed in an open piece of land near Northdene Avenue.

Read the story here: Helicopter causes a scene

The helicopter was dispatched to transport Hannes to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

He had been admitted to the Life Dalview Hospital earlier that morning with an aneurysm.

According to his daughter, Wilma Venter (53), Hannes underwent an 11-hour surgical procedure to repair the aneurysm.

“His condition, however, just deteriorated,” she said.

Hannes is survived by his wife Wilhelmina (84), children Wilma and Pieter, four grandchildren, Ockert, Werner, Stefan and Renier, and his great-grandchild, Armand.

Wilma told the Herald that her parents would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 5.

Hannes’ funeral service was held in Germiston yesterday (Thursday).

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