South Africa: Doctors Start to Remove Life Support for Dying 9-Year-Old Shot During Cape West Coast Protests

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The legal guardian and biological mother of nine-year-old Leo Williams, who was shot in the head during protests in Laingville, St Helena Bay, have given doctors at the Red Cross Children's Hospital permission to switch off the life support system that is keeping him alive.

Aunty Cathy Thomas, the legal guardian, and Lucille Williams, the biological mother, took the heart-wrenching decision on Monday, 10 August, after they were informed by doctors that there is nothing more they can do for the boy. Thomas and Williams also asked doctors to remove the bullet lodged in his brain and to send it for ballistic testing to determine who fired the shot.

Leo was playing with his friends in the room of a corrugated structure on 31 July 2020 when police reportedly fired several rubber bullets into the structure.

Within seconds, after at least eight shots were fired into the structure, a lifeless Leo was seen lying on the floor with blood pouring out of a gaping wound in the front of his head. Residents claimed that police fired the bullet that...

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