Farmer with rabies in critical condition

2012-05-18 10:09

Durban - A young farmer from Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal is fighting for his life after he was infected with rabies.

Beeld reported that Graeme Anderson, 29, was placed in a medical coma by doctors after coming into contact with a rabid dog seven weeks ago.

A family friend said Anderson had picked up a stray dog and had taken him home. The dog fell ill and died soon afterwards.

Anderson later fell ill and was diagnosed with sinusitis but his condition worsened and he had to be admitted to hospital.

Rabies cannot be cured so doctors are hoping that his body will successfully fight off the disease.

There had apparently been an outbreak of rabies this year in the Winterton/Bergville region.

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-05-18 10:17

    AS far as I know, only one girl in America so far survive rabies. Let as hope and pray that tis man can do the trick also. If I remember correctly, she was also put in a coma and that saved her, but with some permanent damage. In the video I saw she was driving a car and speaking as if she had a few too many, but fully able to funktion and very intelegent.

      merushan - 2012-05-18 10:38

      Mathata you lucky you have spell check on your phone, 'he's a woman'

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:05

      @MATHATA - Seriously do you have nothing better to do the troll messages of support for a man that may die? You are low class scum

      Sematla - 2012-05-18 11:21

      Peter I bet the right horses all the time mate and not a time waster.

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-18 11:33

      MATHATA - the funny thing is that you make yourself look stupid all by yourself... well done :)

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:33

      @MATHATA - WTF are you even going on about, are you sure you don't have rabies? Also im not your mate, i don't associate with low class scum who make jokes while people are laying on their death bed

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-05-18 12:00

      Merushan, Hie hie, no mathata is right on that point, I'm a man blessed with a name that can be both. Too many Kobus, Johan, Koos, Jako, Johan, Hannes, and the rest in the family, so I ended up with Kobie.....Damn! Don't know what the problem is with just missing the "ing", accept if some people do not like to hear an intelligent comment and grab staws.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-05-18 12:20

      Leonardb1. "Tong in die kies" I've scanned the Afrikaans Nwews20 just now again to make sure. This article is not on the front page. There is a lot of other INTERESTING news there, so thankfully I can read Afrikaans. Another thing that I picked up is that "Sci-Tec" does future on the list there, but not on the English one....uhmmmm. Let's not go there. I also see that the direct links tro the other Afrikaans papers dissapeared in the last week somehow, like Beeld. The comments on the Afrikaans sites also are more in line with those that read "sci-Tec" articles than the comments on the English sites. Now I'm trolling for big trouble from the English people....

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-05-18 17:09

      Leonard b1, die probleem is ek dink voor ek iets skryf en dit is miskien presies waarom jy verlore raak. Jammer maat.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-18 10:20

    Diagnosed with sinusitis - They don't lie when they say doctors bury their mistakes. Our GP diagnosed my husband with "Bronchial spasm", when in fact is was congestive heart failure. It is a guessing game. I hope this fellow makes a full recovery..

      Marion - 2012-05-18 10:27

      Was watching a medical examiner program report last night and a guy died a week after having a heart attack. Reason he never realized he was having a genuine heart attack, which caused his heart to haemorrhage, is because he had PTSD and was suffering from severe panic attacks.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-18 15:10

      The time that the Doctor we consulted, said to us: "Often what I diagnose is just an educated guess" made us realise that they too are fallible.

  • Marion - 2012-05-18 10:23

    OMG - Hope that his body is strong enough to fight this. What a terrible disease to get, particularly as a direct result of an act of kindness.

  • Helen - 2012-05-18 10:34

    It's called the Milwaukee Protocol - I think about 6 or more have survived.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-18 10:43


      kobie.nel1 - 2012-05-18 12:47

      Thank for that name Helen, will google and have a look at it. Glad to hear there were more succes with it.

  • Chris - 2012-05-18 11:00

    This is so so sad.

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-05-18 11:05

    yeah farmers in south africa are leaving in harsh conditions...

  • max.maxwell - 2012-05-18 11:12

    Unfortunately, the prognosis for this poor man is grim! The reason he is in a medically induced coma is to stop the violent and extremely painful spasms that are a feature of this disease. My thoughts are with him and his family!

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-05-18 12:08

      Please let us not go into the grim detail here, the family will read the comments.

  • Deana - 2012-05-18 11:19

    What a horrific disease to get from helping an animal! We can only pray that he is strong enough to fight it! I am just glad that he's in a coma and free from the terrible thirst and pain! Let us all pray for him and his family to fight this bravely and except the outcome gracefully. No good deed goes unpunished even if his reward will only be given to him in Heaven.

      TawwaTienie - 2012-05-18 19:32

      Agree. This IS sad!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-18 11:29

    To deana. Very kind words

      Deana - 2012-05-18 11:42

      Thank you, Lauden!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-18 11:41

    This is why there needs to be stricter laws when it comes to owning a pet.... no animal should be allowed into the care of anyone without all its shots and being sterilized... Also we need to stop pet shops, and everything and start a board for breeders and all these rescue centres... So far its only the rescue centres who are so dilligent with inspecting the people homing animals....It should be a law

      Marion - 2012-05-18 12:12

      There was a time when no pet could be moved from Natal to another province without a rabies innoculation certificate. Think it is free for all now.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-18 11:47

    My thoughts are with Graeme and his family. There is no cure, but miracles do happen...

      Anton - 2012-05-18 12:02

      mathata - how old were you on that picture of yourself?

      Peter - 2012-05-18 12:35

      @MATHATA - Wow that was the dumbest thing i have ever heard in my life, was that your attempt at an insult again? Pathetic, also only an idiot would believe sangomas can cure rabies, so that would explain why you brought them up i guess

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-05-18 12:33

    A man is going to die, and you all make racist remarks. Have any of you ever seen a dog with Rabies, the hell they go through before they die or are shot. I have, and it is not a nice thing to watch. There are a lot of dogs that are not innouclated in the townships of KZN especially in the regions of Valley of a thousand hills and Shongweni. I have seen many dogs shot, and have heard of many children in the townships that got the mad sickness and died, nothing was looked into to see what exactly caused these death, all the people said it was mad sickness. Rabies is a terrible symptom not only for animals but for the humans that maybe not knowing handle a sick animal and the result is possibly the worst death you can imagine. So cut out the racist remarks. and Pray for this young man.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 12:50

      @MATHATA - And some are just idiots like you that should be put down for the better of the species

  • edandchris - 2012-05-18 13:01

    The SPCA needs funding from the government so that it can employ the staff needed to round up all of the strays.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-05-18 13:22

    Shame - thats so sad. Hang in there Graeme and fight it with everything you have. Be strong for everyone, but most of all for you!

  • Muhammud - 2012-05-18 13:45


  • jackmoz - 2012-05-18 16:34

    Man, that is HARD!!!

  • mschlenk - 2012-05-23 20:17

    God Bless Graeme Anderson

  • Kim Aglioti - 2013-08-29 09:47

    Poor man. I hope and pray he pulls through. Kind what he did, but it just goes to show how dangerous rabies is. People need to be careful and everyone should have their animals injected and rabies free. I hop eto God he survives and the rabies virus clears out of his body. If he's young and strong, hopefully.........

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