New dad in ICU after spiked drink

2012-02-24 09:07
Johannesburg - A young Kempton Park man is fighting for his life in hospital after going out with friends to celebrate the imminent arrival of his baby - and falling victim to a suspected spiked drink.

Travis van Niekerk, 21, missed the birth of his son after being rushed to Arwyp Hospital’s ICU a few minutes after coming home following his night out  at a club in Boksburg, reported The Times.

Van Niekerk’s mother said he had gone out to celebrate in anticipation of the birth of his son.

Doctors found a barbiturate (a kind of sedative) in his blood, which has caused him to have several fits.

Van Niekerk’s father said the past few days had been “hell”.


Van Niekerk and a friend, Jaco van Wyk, went to Presley’s in Boksburg at about 22:00 on Saturday and left before midnight.

Before leaving the club, Van Niekerk called his mother to say he and Van Wyk weren’t feeling well.

Van Niekerk and Van Wyk started having convulsions and Van Niekerk was taken to hospital.

Van Wyk was not admitted to hospital. He said he remembered nothing after sipping Van Niekerk’s drink and that he had felt sick the morning after, vomiting etc.

He said they had left a drink unattended on their table and when they got back to the table, they saw it had been moved but thought nothing of it at the time.

Van Niekerk’s son was born on Sunday morning.

Nightclub management said there was a zero tolerance of drugs at the club and that a man had been arrested after being found in possession of illegal substances.
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