Boy dies after getting on treadmill

2012-11-15 08:36

Cape Town - Pupils and teachers at a Cape Town high school are receiving counselling after the death of a popular Grade 11 pupil in the school gym.

It is believed that Mogamat Pietersen, 17, suffered a heart attack after getting onto the treadmill at Lavender Hill Secondary, reported the Cape Argus.

A memorial service was held at the school on Tuesday.

The teen’s grandmother, Farida Lawrence, said he had a heart condition.

According to teacher Clifford Kiewit, the boy had only been on the treadmill for about two minutes when he collapsed.

“We are just so sad. He had such a loving character,” said Kiewit.

“He was very jolly. He liked music and watching videos… He was always there for his grandfather. We are really going to miss him,” said his grandmother.

  • Jason - 2012-11-15 08:38

    RIP young dude!

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-15 10:09

      If they knew he had a heart condition, why would they let him run on a treadmill then? RIP young man! Condolences to the family... Great loss.

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-11-15 10:32

      Michael, being in Gr11, he should have been aware that with his condition he should not have been on the tredmill - why make it someone else who should NOT have let him go on it. Irrespective a young man has died and that is terribly sad.

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-15 10:49

      @ michelle.h.koekemoer - The schools are suppose to know of any conditions their kids have... Does this not get recorded when the student applies at the school? The gym teacher should have known better than to let him run! And I agree... This is a great loss... That is why I sent my condolences to the family!

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-11-15 11:47

      Yes Michael, they are supposed to BUT the boy is probably about 17 - all I am trying to say is that he should also know his limitations - unless he was forced to run on the treadmill then that would be another issue. We are becoming a society which is all to quick to try and make it someone elses fault.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-15 08:52

    Eish, RIP young man.

  • nick.d.hunt.3 - 2012-11-15 08:58

    RIP young man. :(

  • nazeem.majiet.7 - 2012-11-15 09:08

    To God we belong and to him we shall return.May the Almighy grant patience to his family and grant him a high place in paradise.

      phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-15 10:18

      well said indeed Cyberfriend

  • Forgotten - 2012-11-15 09:22

    RIP!! :( condolence to family and friends

  • DinoOneNyn - 2012-11-15 09:38

    RIP. Condolences to the family.

  • Sowhat? - 2012-11-15 09:58

    what was he doing on a treadmill when they knew he had a heart condition!!!! no man they should have known how much he could/could not take.MXM!!!

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-11-15 10:33

      HE should have known what he could/could not take!

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-11-15 11:50

      I would love to know why and UNDERSTAND why my comment has received thumbs down. I find this incredibly sad BUT don't understand why it is the schools responsibility to make sure a ±17year old doesn't run with a heart condition. I am trying to illustrate that it is not only the schools responsibility but this childs too...

  • Sowhat? - 2012-11-15 10:07

    @news24,what was wrong with my comment? they should have known how much strain he could/could not take if they were aware he had a heart condition!

  • facts.peter - 2012-11-15 10:08

    Very sad to read a story like this so early in the morning. RIP young guy.

  • gideon.walt - 2012-11-15 10:17

    That moment when someone bails hard (especially on a treadmill, seen that before), and you laugh your a$$ off at the person......not so funny in this case. RIP

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-11-15 10:27

    RIP young man :( my thoughts are with you. May God rest his soul

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-11-15 10:32

    RIP big boy...!

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  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-15 11:31

    This is so sad. Be at peace now and forever.

  • kenneth.hlatshwayo - 2012-11-15 15:37

    That's very sad. So young. These kids must go for medicals,this is getting too often especially in sports.

  • alice.tompa - 2012-11-15 16:07

    Sleep well baby! Our condolences go to the familty!May God bless u for understanding the childs condition and not blaming the schoolI

  • Happyness - 2012-11-16 08:09

    RIP to the boy. Having a heart condition doesn't mean you cannot exercise at all. My mother wad born with a heart condition and I gym with a girl with a heart condition. Condolences to the family.

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