Centurion doctor in critical condition after fire

Dr Emmanuel Musa Sithebe was rushed to hospital by ER24 after his house caught fire on Tuesday. Photo: ER24/Supplied

The doctor, who was injured when a gas heater exploded, is the second this week to end up in hospital after a KZN doctor was injured in a paragliding accident.

A Centurion doctor is in a critical condition after sustaining serious burns to his face and chest in a fire that broke out on Tuesday morning, Centurion Record reported.

Emmanuel Musa Sithebe, 57, was badly burnt when a gas heater exploded at his home in Brooklands 3 Estate in Kosmosdal, Centurion, between 5am and 6am.

The father of two was admitted to the trauma ward of Unitas Hospital.

The top floor of the house burned down but Sithebe’s wife and two children escaped unharmed.

Sithebe is a general practitioner at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

His brother, Hlabane, an orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Pretoria, said the family was still traumatised by the incident.

“He is still in a critical condition, but he is stable,” said Hlabane.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the house was on fire when ER24 paramedics, Orange Fox Security and firefighters arrived.

“The man sustained serious burns to his face and chest,” said Meiring.

“He was treated and provided with advanced life support interventions before he was transported to a private hospital,” he added.

It is not known what caused the heater to explode.

Sithebe is the second doctor this week to end up in hospital after homeopath Lance Giles sustained multiple injuries on Sunday in a powered paragliding accident in Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal.

The popular health practitioner, husband and father of two reportedly suffered a broken femur and a compound fracture of his L5 spinal vertebrae, Zululand Observer reported.

Giles was taken to hospital and was to undergo another operation.

His wife Linda said he was “stable and doing well”.

Caxton News Service

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