Doctor: Booysen could have been saved

A doctor says Anene Booysen’s life may have been saved if she received treatment sooner.

Anene Booysen was gang-raped and murdered in Bredasdorp. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Questions are being asked as to whether slain teenager Anene Booysen's life could have been saved if she had received urgent specialised medical treatment sooner.

The Western Cape Health Department is adamant Booysen received the best possible care.

The 17-year-old was gang-raped and mutilated in Bredasdorp in February.

After being discovered at a construction site she was taken to two different hospitals.

She was eventually transferred to Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town after several hours.

More than 10 hours passed from the moment Booysen was found until she arrived at Tygerberg Hospital.

A doctor has questioned the decisions made by medical staff in the so-called golden hour.

The doctor said Booysen should have gone straight to Tygerberg.

Eyewitness News asked provincial emergency medical services chief Cleeve Robertson why she was not airlifted.

"It's difficult to answer that in this particular circumstance because of the patient's medical information."

Bredasdorp community leader Eve Marthinus said she was astounded that it took nearly half a day for the teen to get to Tygerberg.

"In a serious case like Anene's, i would have preferred if she was airlifted immediately from Bredasdorp."

While health officials maintain that her injuries were so severe that she would have died anyway, the whistle-blower doctor argues immediate treatment might have increased the chances of survival.

The two men who have been arrested in connection with her murder are behind bars.