Tale of Cedar Square hero goes viral

2016-05-16 09:28
Nicole Morgan meets Obakeng Seutane, 20, who saved her life when she had a severe allergic reaction to bee sting. (Nicole Morgan, Facebook)

Nicole Morgan meets Obakeng Seutane, 20, who saved her life when she had a severe allergic reaction to bee sting. (Nicole Morgan, Facebook)

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Johannesburg - The heroic actions of Obakeng Seutane, who came to the assistance of a woman having a severe allergic reaction at the Cedar Square Mall in Johannesburg, swept across social media at the weekend. 

The tale, recounted in a post on Facebook by mother Nicole Morgan, had by Monday morning gained more than 8 500 shares on her personal page. 

She credits the 20-year-old student with saving her life. 

Morgan said that last month she, along with her 6-year-old son Mikey, had met a friend at the mall when she had been stung by a bee. 

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"We were standing saying our goodbyes when I put my bag on my shoulder and suddenly felt a sensation like I was being burnt by a hot poker and looked under my arm only to realise that I had been stung by a bee."

Not knowing she was allergic to bees, Morgan had taken medication her friend had coincidentally just purchased. 

She continued to Pick n Pay to buy her son a doughnut and while at the counter she was overwhelmed by a sense of panic. 

"My hands started throbbing, as did my heart, head and ears. I had a feeling that I couldn't breathe and said to Mikey we had to go. I remember the cashiers looking at me very strangely as I walked away leaving my groceries behind," she wrote. 

Morgan said she made her way into the corridor of the mall before she collapsed. 

Restored faith in humanity

"My son started to cry and pulled on my shirt…I remember thinking to myself that I was way too far gone for any over the counter drugs to help me and that I was going to die, as nobody, including myself, knew what to do and that I didn't have a lot of time left."

She said a man had come to her aid and minutes later she had fallen unconscious. 

"This man was Obakeng Seutane. He dispersed the crowd that had gathered around me and put my hands behind my head to help open up my constricted wind pipe and then calmed my son down. He then told Mikey that he was going to take me to the hospital and got me up with the help of another man and carried and dragged me down the passage towards his car. He put me in the backseat and strapped me in." 

"He put my son into the front seat, introduced himself and explained to Mikey that he was going to have to drive very fast to get his mom to the hospital," she said. 

While doctors and nurses tended to Morgan at the hospital, Seutane sat with Mikey. 

"He [Mikey] gave Obakeng my phone and asked him to find Ross's [Morgan’s husband] number in it. He [Seutane] said he's not going anywhere until he knows that I am alright and continued to wait with Mikey and my mother in law."

"He has given me my life, restored my faith in the youth of South Africa and, in fact, humanity as a whole and I can honestly say that he has made me see life in a completely different way," she said. 

Efforts to contact Seutane were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.

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