16 May 2017 Read: 55
Another well-loved family from Phalaborwa was rocked by a motor vehicle accident just outside Polokwane on Saturday. Pastor Coenie Maritz (36) of Oneway Ministries, his wife Daphne (36), their two sons Matthew (14) and Jaden (12), and their daughter Hannah (8), were on their way back to Phalaborwa from a gymnastics tournament. It is reported that a driver skipped a red light at an intersection and smashed into the side of the Maritz’s vehicle.
The family was rushed to a nearby state hospital as they have no medical aid. Their eldest son, Matthew suffered broken ribs, a shoulder fracture, a C1 vertebrae fracture and some bruising. His brother Jaden had a broken collarbone and a C7 vertebrae fracture while mom, Daphne, fractured her pelvis.
Their little daughter, Hannah, seemed to have taken the brunt of the impact. She was airlifted to a private hospital in Benoni where she is currently in ICU. She has a fractured skull and there appears to be some bleeding on the brain. Hannah celebrated her eighth birthday in hospital this week. Family and friends from across the region have posted messages of support and prayers for healing on the family’s Facebook account.
On his personal profile Pastor Maritz thanked the entire community for their support. “Just want to thank each and every person that stood by us today! I’ll mention some names later when I can think straight! From the 7/11 uncle to the Hoedspruit lady, to the girl who came to bring Matt a prezzie to the Zanis gym people to the FMI to the teddy for Hannah! …To all of You!!! We love you so, so much!”
A WhatsApp group has been established through the help of Pastor Maritz’ brother, Callie Maritz. Regular updates are posted on this group and the family have requested that those wanting to assist or those interested in the progress of little Hannah, make use of the group rather than inundating the family with phone calls or messages.
Pastor Maritz is a long-time resident of Phalaborwa and matriculated at Frans du Toit in 1999. The Maritz family are well loved within the close-knit community where they head the Oneway Christian Ministries church (where the old Assemblies of God church was). The couple married in October 2001.
This accident, and that of the Streicher-family on the same day, has sent shockwaves through the community. “The 6th of May 2017 will be a day Phalaborwa will not soon forget. Our community cannot take more of this kind of news,” said one friend of the family.
The family does not have a medical aid, but through the help of the Phalaborwa community and others, they were able to get the medical attention they needed. Oneway Ministries and various other members of the community have setup an account for those who can make a financial contribution. The details of that account are at the bottom of this page.
At the time of going to print the latest update was that little Hannah was still in an induced coma. The ventilator was turned down to 50 percent and she has started making small movements. A very emotional Maritz posted a video update yesterday explaining that the family is standing strong in their belief and that through prayer and the expertise of the medical personnel at the hospital, Hannah will soon be her bouncy self again.
“My princess is in a space where I feel completely powerless to help her, she is in the hands of our Almighty Father now and I know He will restore her back to us in full health.”