South Africa: Doctors Say Boy Who Was Shot in the Head During St Helena Bay Protest Will Not Survive


Doctors at the Red Cross Children's hospital in Cape Town have informed Leo Williams's mother and his legal guardian that the boy's wound is fatal. Leo was shot in the head during a violent protest in Laingville, St Helena Bay on 31 July.

While the legal guardian, Cathy Thomas, and biological mother Lucille Williams, of nine-year-old Leo Williams were in talks with social workers and doctors at Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, friends and family members waited anxiously for more than two hours for the latest news on his condition.

Eventually, when a tired Aunty Cathy emerged from the hospital, she told them she wanted to sit down and talk to them. She needed time to inform them about the condition of Leo, who was shot in the head while a violent protest was occurring in Laingville, St Helena Bay, on Friday 31 July.

He was watching TV and playing with his friends in a corrugated structure when four policemen are alleged to have fired at least eight rubber bullets into the shack. But a bullet struck Leo in the head. It is not clear whether it was a rubber bullet or a live round.

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