Indian-origin teen in critical condition in South Africa after having her hair trapped in a go-kart

Indian-origin teen in critical condition in South Africa after having her hair trapped in a go-kart

Indian-origin teen in critical condition in South Africa after having her hair trapped in a go-kart

According to her father, Kristen Govender, a teenager, suffered injuries at Gateway Mall last week that included a ripped scalp and paralysis from the waist down.

A go-kart at a Durban amusement complex caught a fifteen-year-old girl’s hair, causing severe injuries and a critical condition. The adolescent is currently receiving treatment in the ICU for spinal bruises, spinal cord injury, and a torn aorta, according to the sources.

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According to her father, Vernon Govender, the adolescent, Kristen Govender, suffered injuries last week at Gateway Mall. She also suffered a torn scalp and was rendered immobile from the waist down. The teen’s father claimed that her daughter was following all the requirements because she had her long hair pulled back into a ponytail and was wearing a helmet.

According to sources, he claimed that while family members were present, she was helped by onlookers who contacted EMS. Authorities are looking into the event.

“Management Failed to Offer Assistance”

The go-machinery, kart’s according to Kristen Govender’s father, was defective, and management should have offered aid right away. The incident at the Action Karting business last Wednesday was confirmed by Gateway Mall, according to sources. In a statement, the mall claimed that because of the incident’s “insensitive nature and out of respect for the family,” it would not comment on it.

It stated that a management representative had been in touch with her father ever since the event the day before.

“Kristin did spin off onto the barrier during her first lap of the race. That’s when the go-back kart’s started to sag, according to Govender, who was quoted in the weekly Post.

She thought the axel’s cover appeared to be loose. She inquired about the unfastened cover when one of the officials approached her. She was instructed to continue racing once the official declared it okay, removed the piece of plastic, and threw it aside. Her hair, which is nearly a metre long, also started to come loose under her helmet at this time.

She was scalped on her second lap when the back of her hair became entangled on this exposed axle. Her scalp was torn as her front hair was yanked out of her head.

She was haemorrhaging heavily. She was with my kid, who is thirteen. To report the mishap, he hurried to the go-karting office, but it was closed. Everything was promptly closed. Even the management left the scene, along with the safety officers who were meant to be present, according to Govender.


The mall’s administration claims that all safety precautions were taken at the track. The proprietor of Action Karting Gateway, Steven Pool, assured the weekly that all safety precautions were taken at the circuit. In addition, he made legal threats in response to claims that Kristin’s uncle had been “very hostile” with workers who attempted to help following the incident.

“We are sorry for the family. But in the eight years since I took over the track, we have never experienced an incident of this magnitude. The safety briefing film is shown to all of our customers, and it is quite explicit about how to operate the kart and how to act on the track, including tying up one’s hair.

“We don’t tie up women’s hair (ourselves) because there are instances when it is unacceptable. So, we defer to the clients on that. Fathers have complained in the past when my staff has tied up the hair of our younger clientele, Pool continued.

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