Desperate dad trying to bring daughter home
Kampala - A Durban father is desperate to bring his daughter home after she apparently took contaminated cocaine while on a working trip to Uganda.
Stuart Fuller’s daughter Kathryne, who is paralysed on her right side after ingesting the drug, was on assignment with Amazing Race freelance producer, Jeff Rice at the time of the incident. Rice was found dead in the hotel where they were staying just over a week ago. Kathryn was found unconscious in the same hotel and hospitalised in critical condition for what seems to have been a stroke.
The pair were in Uganda to prepare for a film Rice was producing, with Kathryn working as his assistant.
Fuller told the Mercury his daughter had made a "stupid" mistake. He denied "conspiracy" theories that his daughter and Rice were poisoned or forced to take the cocaine.
According to reports, contaminated cocaine rather than foul play was to blame, and a hotel staff member had been arrested for supplying the drugs.
“I am cross, extremely cross. She’s an extremely bright woman who made a mistake,” Fuller told reporters. “After this, she’ll have to prove herself. We’ve been through hell, but which father wouldn’t rush to support his daughter?”
Fuller is desperate for her to return to South Africa to receive treatment for the paralysis. “She can regain the use of her right side, but needs to come to South Africa for treatment and to recuperate,” he said.
Fuller said his family was suffering immense financial and emotional strain. He said his daughter was not being held against her will and despite Ugandan police being “phenomenal”, they were awaiting clearance from the authorities to leave the country.
“Ask people to pray that we come home,” he pleaded.
Fuller was adamant that Kathryne had not taken drugs before, and added that his heart went out to Rice’s wife and two children.