Westdene fire hero slowly recovering

Kyle Ackerman risked his life when he saved five children from a raging fire that took place at Westdene's infamous 10A 2nd Avenue property. After a surgery and various check-ups, he was told that he would be able to fully utilise his hand within a years time. Photo: File

The hero that saved five children in a fire has started his long road to recovery.

Kyle Ackerman confirmed that his finger is slowly recovering following an operation and multiple check-ups.

He sustained a serious cut to his finger when he risked his life to save five children at Westdene’s infamous 10A 2nd Avenue property on 2 August, as reported in Northcliff Melville Times in the article Westdene hero saves children, Week ending 7 September.

READ: The real hero of the Westdene 10A fire

Ackerman shared that he still experiences pain in his hand and finger. “When I do my physio exercises, I experience intense pain.”

He also acknowledged that the recovery process will be a lengthy one due to the nature of his injury.

“There was serious damage to my hand and it’s going to take a long time for it to be 100 per cent healed,” adding that his doctor told him that it will take a year before he can fully utilise his hand again.

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Ackerman will continue to undergo physiotherapy and check-ups. “I have a check-up in 2 weeks’ time for further physio exercises then a check-up in a months’ time for the healing of the wound [tendon, bone, muscle and skin].”

He concluded that the length of his physiotherapy treatment will depend on the improvement of the function of his hands.

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Andile Dlodlo

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