A school principal whose wife attempted to commit suicide because of depression over Covid-19 plans to commence on community education campaigns aimed at destigmatizing people infected by the virus.
Speaking to our source from his home in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday, the 51-year-old whose name is being withheld to protect their children, battled to save his wife (48) from the flames engulfing her isolation room at their house.
He revealed that it was day 11 [June 6] of her being in quarantine at home. After all the support and medication they had given her, they did not realize she was losing it.
He said his wife woke up that morning around 4 am and went to the kitchen while everybody was still asleep.
He and their 17-year-old son went to check if she was fine before they went back to bed.
After a while, that realized something was burning. he ran to her isolation room. It was locked. he broke the door open and found her in flames.
He immediately took a blanket and tried to put out the fire until his brave eight-year-old child ran to fetch a bucket of water which she emptied on her mom in an attempt to rescue her.
While waiting for paramedics, the principal said, he tried to calm his wife.
She was painfully sobbing. She got up and took a heater and held it tight.
He ran again and removed it from her, she was hallucinating, his heart broke and he felt so helpless.
He held her and watched her till the paramedic arrived and rushed her to hospital.
He said his wife tested positive for the virus two weeks ago after coming back from a meeting at a school in Daveyton where she is a teacher.
The principal said his wife did not display any further symptoms of the virus while in isolation.
He said she complained about being sent messages that made her feel like she was dying.
She also complained about gossip that came from colleagues and friends.
He revealed that he took his wife’s phone and blocked all her social media applications.
He said his wife did not take the news well.
On Monday, doctors confirmed his wife was now negative. “Now we focus on her journey to recovery on her burn wounds,” he said.
A family friend said the principal also went into quarantine and has — together with his children — twice tested negative.