Roald's Story
 
The day of Roald's accident started as any other day but ended in
a tragedy. On 6 October 1997 I left for work and as always he sat
on my lap driving out of the driveway and his caregiver took him from me
outside. I gave him a hug  and kiss and left for work promising
to see him later.
 
At 16H15 I received a phone call from our caregiver and she
hysterically told me that Roald fell into the swimming pool.
I immediately phoned the emergency services and summoned them
to my home.  I also asked them to phone my house and to give
instruction to do CPR. I left the office and rushed home, phoning
several times on my way there to make sure that they continue
with CPR.
 
When we finally arrived (it felt like hours..) I found a policeman
standing outside and he followed me in, grabbed my arm and another 
policeman lifted a blanket from Roald's head and told me that my son 
was dead. I shall never, for the rest of my life, forget what those
words did to me! It later came out that when the policemen
arrived, they stopped a family friend from doing CPR,looked
with a torch into Roald's eyes and felt his pulse and ordered
the caregiver to fetch a blanket. They covered him and
stopped CPR although the friend insisted that they should
do more. 

Eventually the Emergency Services arrived and started with CPR again,
got a pulse within minutes and he was taken to hospital where he spent
44 days in Intensive Care. The fifteen minutes+ under the blanket
could so easily have killed our beautiful bright eyed boy who was
so clever at age 2y8m at the time, he knew all his colours and
refused himself to drink from baby bottles a few months
before and he gave his nappies to the monkeys because
he felt they needed them more! 
 
 
His idea of raining was: "Mamma dit mors daar buite!"
"Mamma it wastes water outside!"
 
On 6 October 1997 our lives changed dramatically and
with little help from the hospital and doctors, except
that we should institutionalise him, we took our son
home straight from the Intensive Care unit and we
started reading, browsing the internet and joined
support groups like PONDS (Parents of  Neardrowns)
to seek support and advice from other people in
a similiar situation. Roald was born 10 February 1995
and we still celebrate his life and thank God that he is
still with us!  He has a lot of motor challenges but
cognitively he is very much aware of his surroundings
and responds by saying a few words or he will blink
his eyes to answer us. If I ask him if he loves
me, he will respond by blinking once. Roald is the love of
our lives and only for him would we have been able
to fight the legal battle that lasted eight + years and
that finally let to compensation in Trust for our brave boy. 
 
My message to parents out there :
Never give up, I know I cannot and our brave
one deserves every bit of help, love and care!!
 
Pieter & Elna Rudman - Roald's loving parents
Petri, Bo & Chantal - Roald's loving siblings
 

 

     

 

 
 
e-Book now available! 
 
written by Elna Rudman
Selling price:  R150-00
 
 
 
Trauma & tragedies were regular visitors to the Rudman family. These prompted Elna Rudman to write about
the tsunamis following their path in the hope to help others cope.  Family deaths by unnatural causes, stormy
marriage in diplomatic circles, near-drowning, suicide, brain injury and a court case of many years are all
ingredients supplying the book's name: "Living in the fast lane".
 Buy & Download here
 
All proceeds to go to Roald's trust for his ongoing care                                                                           LEARN MORE HERE   
                   
                                              
 

 

 

 

         
 
 
Rehabilitation
 
 
 
Daily Supplements
 
 
Therapies
 
 
Stimulate your kids senses (all of them) as soon
as possible after the accident – this will help
to bring them back!!
 
 
 
 
Emu oil just proved to be an excellent product
after surgery for healing and for pain controlling
 
 
 
This list of Therapies Tried / Investigated will
be updated regularly and be forwarded to whoever
need it and is simply compiled to make your road
shorter in finding therapies! 
 
 
 
 
New Treatments
 
 
 
Articles & News
 
 
Inspiration
 
Solisten Therapy - we rent the unit from a
pshycologist Karin Huyssen locally in Pretoria
 
 
 
By doing a Google search with content Elna Rudman
or Roald Rudman you will find various news articles
of Roald published during our court case that
lasted 8 years
 
Locked in Syndrome is something that the
physicians only discovered a few years ago
 
 
 
 

 

         

 

 

Roald's Story
 

The day of Roald's accident started as any other day but ended in
a tragedy. On 6 October 1997 I left for work and as always he sat
on my lap driving out of the driveway and his caregiver took him from me
outside. I gave him a hug  and kiss and left for work promising
to see him later.
 
At 16H15 I received a phone call from our caregiver and she
hysterically told me that Roald fell into the swimming pool.
I immediately phoned the emergency services and summoned them
to my home.  I also asked them to phone my house and to give
instruction to do CPR. I left the office and rushed home, phoning
several times on my way there to make sure that they continue
with CPR.
 
When we finally arrived (it felt like hours..) I found a policeman
standing outside and he followed me in, grabbed my arm and another 
policeman lifted a blanket from Roald's head and told me that my son 
was dead. I shall never, for the rest of my life, forget what those
words did to me! It later came out that when the policemen
arrived, they stopped a family friend from doing CPR,looked
with a torch into Roald's eyes and felt his pulse and ordered
the caregiver to fetch a blanket. They covered him and
stopped CPR although the friend insisted that they should
do more. 

Eventually the Emergency Services arrived and started with CPR again,
got a pulse within minutes and he was taken to hospital where he spent
44 days in Intensive Care. The fifteen minutes+ under the blanket
could so easily have killed our beautiful bright eyed boy who was
so clever at age 2y8m at the time, he knew all his colours and
refused himself to drink from baby bottles a few months
before and he gave his nappies to the monkeys because
he felt they needed them more! 
 
 
His idea of raining was: "Mamma dit mors daar buite!"
"Mamma it wastes water outside!"
 
On 6 October 1997 our lives changed dramatically and
with little help from the hospital and doctors, except
that we should institutionalise him, we took our son
home straight from the Intensive Care unit and we
started reading, browsing the internet and joined
support groups like PONDS (Parents of  Neardrowns)
to seek support and advice from other people in
a similiar situation. Roald was born 10 February 1995
and we still celebrate his life and thank God that he is
still with us!  He has a lot of motor challenges but
cognitively he is very much aware of his surroundings
and responds by saying a few words or he will blink
his eyes to answer us. If I ask him if he loves
me, he will respond by blinking once. Roald is the love of
our lives and only for him would we have been able
to fight the legal battle that lasted eight + years and
that finally let to compensation in Trust for our brave boy. 
 
My message to parents out there :
Never give up, I know I cannot and our brave
one deserves every bit of help, love and care!!
 
Pieter & Elna Rudman - Roald's loving parents
Petri, Bo & Chantal - Roald's loving siblings
 

 

     

 

 

 

e-Book now available! 
 
written by Elna Rudman
Selling price:  R150-00
 
 
 
Trauma & tragedies were regular visitors to the Rudman family. These prompted Elna Rudman to write about
the tsunamis following their path in the hope to help others cope.  Family deaths by unnatural causes, stormy
marriage in diplomatic circles, near-drowning, suicide, brain injury and a court case of many years are all
ingredients supplying the book's name: "Living in the fast lane".
 Buy & Download here
 
All proceeds to go to Roald's trust for his ongoing care                                                                           LEARN MORE HERE   
                   
                                              
 

 

 

 

         

 
 
Rehabilitation
 
 
 
Daily Supplements
 
 
Therapies
 
 

Stimulate your kids senses (all of them) as soon
as possible after the accident – this will help
to bring them back!!
 
 
 
 
Emu oil just proved to be an excellent product
after surgery for healing and for pain controlling
 
 
 
This list of Therapies Tried / Investigated will
be updated regularly and be forwarded to whoever
need it and is simply compiled to make your road
shorter in finding therapies! 
 
 

 
 
New Treatments
 
 
 
Articles & News
 
 
Inspiration
 

Solisten Therapy - we rent the unit from a
pshycologist Karin Huyssen locally in Pretoria
 
 
 
By doing a Google search with content Elna Rudman
or Roald Rudman you will find various news articles
of Roald published during our court case that
lasted 8 years
 
Locked in Syndrome is something that the
physicians only discovered a few years ago