Gran’s life on the line as outages affect her life-support ...


Gran’s life on the line as outages affect her life-support machine

Elderly woman’s life is dependent on electricity-powered oxygen machine 24 hours a day to survive


While many households and businesses are feeling the pinch of load-shedding, for Melisa Graaf of Westdene in Johannesburg being without electricity is a matter of life and death for her grandmother, Gertruida Wessels.

Graaf took to social media on Tuesday to explain how the rolling power outages posed a danger to her 82-year-old grandmother, who needed to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. The current oxygen machine they have is powered by electricity.

“It’s so stressful, because there is nothing else you can do. I know it’s tough for businesses too, but they can try to pick up when the power is back up but you can’t switch someone’s life back on,” she said...

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