Netcare: Tiger attack boy in a stable, not critical, condition

The hospital group says the French national is not 'critical' as his family has claimed.

An image taken of a 10-year-old French boy at the Tau Thaba Game and Lion Lodge just before he was attacked by a tiger. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Netcare hospital group says a 10-year-old French boy who was attacked by a tiger at a Free State game park has been discharged in a satisfactory condition and is not critical as his family claims.

Eyewitness News spoke to the father, who claims his health has deteriorated significantly since he was admitted to the Johannesburg hospital following the attack on Friday.

The 10-year-old's family flew their own doctor in from France claiming the boy received inadequate medical attention in South Africa.

The boy's father, who asked not to be named, earlier said his son was not doing well.

"A doctor arrived from France this morning; he will be repatriated to a hospital in Paris. He's in a critical condition."

He said his family was extremely emotional.

The boy sustained deep wounds to his face arms and legs.

The hospital group's General Manager, Mande Toubkin, says the boy was never in a critical condition and only top trauma doctors dealt with the patient.

"He was managed immediately and had his wound cleaned and taken to theatre by a plastic surgeon and the trauma surgeon to have his wound cleaned and sutured up and have any damage repaired. He was admitted very shortly in a high care for two days, so he is an absolutely stable condition."