'Spiked drink' man meets new son

2012-02-29 10:21
Johannesburg - The man who was admitted to ICU after drinking a spiked drink on a night out in Boksburg to celebrate the imminent arrival of his son, has woken up from his coma.

As Travis van Niekerk, 21, was fighting for his life in hospital on Saturday night, his girlfriend gave birth to their baby, IOL reported.

Six days after he was admitted to hospital, Van Niekerk woke up and was informed of what had happened to him - and that he had become a father.

Van Niekerk was apparently unable to remember anything about the night he fell ill.

Tests showed a barbiturate, a type of sedative, in his blood.

There were no other drugs in his system.

Van Niekerk apparently cried when they first showed him a picture of his new baby.

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