85 year old Martie van Staden had just one wish: to look at the ocean again. Martie used to live in Amanzimtoti and loved visiting the beach. But an unsuccessful back operation confined her to her bed. Frail and in need of constant care, Martie had no choice nine years ago, but to move to the Flame Lily Park care home in Queensburgh.
For nine years Martie longed to look at the waves and smell the fresh sea breeze – but frail and bedridden, she wasn’t even able to go outdoors.
Determined to fulfil her mum’s wish, Martie’s daughter, Magda Snowdon, got in touch with East Coast Radio’s Damon Beard. “It’s nothing fancy,” Magda told Damon on-air during The Big Favour on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. “She just wants to go and look at the sea and go back again to the home”
Damon roped in Netcare 911 to help make Martie’s dream come true. This morning (14 May 2015, the Netcare 911 team fetched Martie from the care home and took her to ‘Toti Beach in an ambulance. There Martie was served tea on the sand as she spent some time looking out at sea.
“This is something most of us take for granted every single day,” says Damon. “I’m so grateful to have been able to make her life-changing dream come true.”
Pics by Netcare 911 and ECR