Desperate dad trying to bring daughter home

2012-02-27 12:09

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.

  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-27 12:21

    Cocaine kills! Contaminated or not

      Oneant - 2012-02-27 12:35

      whatever happened to rolling a little spliff and watching the sun set?

      Janice - 2012-02-27 12:57

      Cant you see what "happened"???

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-27 13:03

      ...or sun rise, depending on how the evening went..

      Preshen - 2012-02-27 13:34

      Cocaine is a sign that you are earning too much

  • Ndivhuho - 2012-02-27 12:28

    eish another south african woman on the headlines because of drugs.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-27 13:32

      Hmmmm...lets hear what News.24 bloggers are gonna say about this druggie

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-27 14:40

      @dumi, do you drink alcohol? Take disprin?

  • Esther Badenhorst - 2012-02-27 12:47

    How's your research? Other news sources say it was a hired driver that supplied the cocaine an there's a typo in the last sentence of the article. Come News 24 keep it professional like we know your team.

      Paula - 2012-02-27 13:19

      *and there's..

      Mark - 2012-02-27 13:23

      yawn - so pedantic.

      Esther Badenhorst - 2012-02-27 13:25

      Thank you Paula, but I'm not the one reporting news to SA.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-27 14:42

      Those are false, the article in the Sunday Tribune is the correct one. The News24 looks ok although they have ommited some details..

      John - 2012-02-27 16:02

      .... get a life....

      Joan - 2012-02-27 17:18

      people in glass houses should not throw stones - mistakes happen - my goodness, does one little typo change the story? No.

  • Donald - 2012-02-27 12:59

    I dont think someone who has never schnarffed drugs before will suddenly fail the test of temptation when one is in a foreign country and suddenly start doing there - it makes no sense. Dad, I think you are naive ... sorry....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-27 14:42

      Yup.. especially with coke because it is such a concealable drug..

  • darinjgraham - 2012-02-27 13:02

    She took an illegal drug and his now dealing with consequences.

  • Thoka - 2012-02-27 13:09

    Am selling imported pure donkey sh*t from Limpopo. R50,00. 10kg bag

      Mark - 2012-02-27 13:25

      Can you smoke it?

      Schmee - 2012-02-27 13:39

      Eish man Thoka, now I have to bring my price down.

  • Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-02-27 13:24

    You choose the behaviour, you choose the consequences!

      Greg - 2012-02-28 10:08


      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-02-28 14:43

      Greg, I am nowhere close to being heartless, trust me. It is unfortunate that if you don't make good choices in this life, you pay for it. How's me stating that equate to being heartless?

  • Don - 2012-02-27 13:25

    Drugs don't just kill they wreck your body, contaminated or not they ruin your entire life and your family's. Don't believe anything else or you're just fooling only yourself. Be there for her Stuart, always, she's your daughter. She made a mistake and is paying heavily but she is still alive. Hopefully she will carry that message to others, especially the youth, not to do the same. Praying for you guys and her recovery.

  • Malose - 2012-02-27 13:27

    yeeeh drags kills....alc etc

  • dumisiledee - 2012-02-27 13:34


  • Thoka - 2012-02-27 13:40

    @mark, yes i smoked it while heading cows back in the days. thats why i am selling it. not contaminated in anyway unless if donkey ate Holy weed when grazing.

  • hellopat - 2012-02-27 13:41

    I feel for the families, but what the hell were they doing in a hotel room with coke ??

  • Shirley - 2012-02-27 13:41

    I feel extremely sorry for her parents! The burden,heartache and distress that drug users and pushers/dealers cause for the families left behind is horrendous! Its a selfish choice and they must enforce tough love! PLay with fire.....sore fingers!

  • E - 2012-02-27 13:54

    Will everyone please read the article properly - there is no cocaine (ie 'coke') involved. The drug in question is CODEINE - also found in some headache tablets & cough mixtures, but often misused, as in this case.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-27 14:39

      No, it was contaminated coke...

  • E - 2012-02-27 13:57

    Oops, sorry, looks like I'm the dof one here - News24 does say "cocaine". However, saw same story first in other media reporting codeine.

      Leon - 2012-02-27 14:37

      yeah why is it that we cant remove or edit a comment. surely news24 appreciates the benefit of such a functionality?

  • Deirdre - 2012-02-27 14:47

    Does travel insurance not cover this?

      Mohsin - 2012-02-27 15:17

      nah uh travel insurance wont cover any drug related issue

      Godfrey - 2012-02-27 15:22

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Brilliant!

  • Johan - 2012-02-27 15:05

    The dad is handling this very well! Not looking for excuses,yet standing by is daughter. Good luck to the family!

  • Mohsin - 2012-02-27 15:14

    coka een! shez bad!

  • Johan - 2012-02-27 15:24

    We can all make mistakes. Hope she learnt her lesson, and thank God she did not die like her boss!

      Fanie - 2012-02-27 18:23

      I agree and disagree with you - taking a recreational drug to make you feel better is a self indulgent concious act no mistake - what did she do? snorted coke instead of some springbok snuff? However I agree with the rest of your statement

  • Craig - 2012-02-27 16:00

    I wish the dad luck, however all drug dealers - from Aglioti and friends down should be executed, and drug users should be sent to a year of boot-camp, skills development and community service

  • Rosa - 2012-02-27 17:08

    i pray she recovers. may this be a lesson for everyone who takes drugs.

      Susan - 2012-02-28 08:26

      whether she recovers or not, she took the drugs, she will suffer the consequences...

  • Byron - 2012-02-27 18:17

    Godfrey I think its clear you are not a God fearing man. On the topic of how prayer's used and its usefulness, probably not something you’re qualified to comment on. People deal with things in their own way, through prayer, meditation or whichever format they wish. What is clear is there is a father involved who is seeking any means necessary to bring his child home, and not looking for a handout from the government. I may not be a God fearing man myself, but I can still respect the humility it teaches those who do, and respect a fathers plea even if it’s too an “invisible man in the sky” Just be glad it’s not your daughter being reported on. In fact I hope you have not spawned any offspring, the world has enough retards as it is.

      Fanie - 2012-02-27 18:24

      well said

  • lhfick - 2012-02-27 22:27

    Do you want help a man who wants to help his daughter? If you can and want to, do it! Because the longer it takes for her to get treatment, her chances of a good recovery becomes very slim.

  • crazyjourno - 2012-02-28 08:14

    Baie mense toets dwelms! Glo hier is n paar skynheiliges wat daarvan hou om te veroordeel en te kruisig. F'k, as ons nie menslik was nie, was daar nie dwelms nie!!

  • Sibongiseni - 2012-02-28 08:41

    Eish! this is totally sad. Wish her a full recovery. no matter what happened, now she must recover and be well again, for the sake of everyone else who loves her. God please release your miracle healling touch, don't count her sins or even those of her parents or people praying for her recovery.

  • Sewela-Queen - 2012-02-28 09:11

    Shame, the things we put our parents through. Hope she learned her lesson.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-02-28 09:42

    I have been sober for 60 days and counting and it feels GRRRREAT !

  • mbongenia - 2012-02-28 09:45

    JUST DONT DO DRUGS stay away from them!!! Thats the moto

  • mrumsey10 - 2012-03-05 12:26

    Single woman: married man: hotel room strange country: ting-a-ling and smell the coffee

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