Fourways woman shot in face while driving, writes heartfelt open letter after surviving Samantha Wade

A Fourways resident who was shot in the face in broad daylight on the 19th March has written a heartfelt letter that she wants to share with the world.


Fourways, South Africa – Samantha Wade had many operations and remained on machine-assisted support after being shot on the corner of Cedar Road and Cedar Avenue West while driving to work. The shooter, a businessman, fled in his car and committed suicide a few kilometres away.

Just six weeks after the shooting and Wade has made a miraculous recovery. The incredible South African has also written her first letter since the incident and shared it with Good Things Guy.

Read below:

“This is the first press release I have been able to write myself. My family have been my spokesperson keeping everyone updated so far on my recovery.

I don’t think anyone quite believed it would be so soon, but here I am on the long road to recovery. I am going to be okay. I am alive, and I feel loved.

The incredible support that my family and I have received has been so much more than we could ever have asked for or expected of you all. I am so grateful for every single prayer that was said, not one went unanswered. The Angels that were sent held me safely. I am proof of the power in prayer, and I am so grateful.

It took 6 minutes from the shooting to get me into the ER. The Medical Assistance I received saved my life more than once during my first week in the hospital. From the first response Emergency Medics right through to the Nurses in ICU who held my hand and told me I was safe. The specialist surgeons worked unrelentingly to ensure I am here with my children today. There are just so many to thank at Fourways Life Hospital, from start to end, they are my heroes.

I am beyond blessed to have full mobility of my body. I love going to the gym and keeping fit and running about and am looking forward to getting back to doing the activities that make me happy. I have included a photo to show just how incredible my recovery has been. I have a few more operations in the future but one step at a time.

I am at home recovering and trying to keep myself busy. I was going to start a new job on the week of the shooting. That position has been filled. Due to my determination and positivity, I am back in the market place looking for a job to pour my energy into my day and to alleviate some of the financial pressure this has put on my family.

To the community, thank you for everything you’ve done for us. The love and support has seen us through the worst days we’ve had to face. Thank you doesn’t seem to convey just how thankful my family and I are, giving us strength in adversity and we will never forget the love and support we felt through the dark days.”

Sources: Samantha Wade shared the letter with Future City Fourways and Good Things Guy | The contents of this article or any part thereof are copyright protected and cannot be reproduced without the written permission of the author.
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