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Lazarus pill miracle for E Cape man

2012-09-09 16:45

Johannesburg - If miracles exist, Ayanda Nqinana may just have swallowed one.

After reading a report in City Press last month, his wife, Nomfundo, insisted that he be given a prescription for the sleeping pill Stilnox, which has the opposite effect on those with brain injuries.

It worked – and brought him out of a seven-year coma.

Nqinana had been the Peddie Municipality’s director of local development before a late-night car crash on a lonely Eastern Cape road in 2005 almost ended his life.

The accident tore him from his wife and their 2-year old son, Ayavuya, and left him with severe brain injuries, a fractured hip and legs, and unable to talk, leave his bed or feed himself.

For the past seven years, Nomfundo has visited her husband in East London’s Newhaven Hospital, hoping for signs that the man she had known before the accident was still inside his body.

“His eyes, he couldn’t follow any direction. For instance, if you were talking to him, even if you move from this angle to that angle, he doesn’t follow you. He couldn’t talk. Not at all,” she said.

Nqinana’s doctors said he’d probably remain that way.

Miracle recovery

But on August 12, family friend Nceba Mokoena came across an article in City Press about a miracle recovery made by another car crash victim, hundreds of kilometres away in Gauteng.

Louis Viljoen was given the sleeping pill by chance by his mother, Sienie.

She had noticed he wasn’t sleeping peacefully and asked her doctor if she could give him half a sleeping tablet. After she did, Louis opened his eyes and said “Hello Mamma”, his first words in five years.

Nceba phoned Nomfundo immediately to ask if she had seen the story, and whether or not Stilnox might just help her husband.

Initially, Ayanda’s doctor was not convinced, telling her not to place too much faith in newspaper reports. But Nomfundo insisted.

“Because I’ve been praying a lot for my husband to get better, I can try anything that is possible for his health. So eventually we agreed to get a prescription.”

They began giving Ayanda the drug, and waited to see what would happen. Five days passed with no improvement.

“The date was August 29. I received a call from Newhaven saying, ‘Is it possible for you, Mrs Nqinana, to come in on your way back from Bhisho’ – on my way back from work – ‘and see us?’ because my husband was talking,” she said.

Hospital abuzz

She rushed there and found the hospital abuzz. Nurses rushed to call her to her husband’s room and followed her inside.

“The first thing that he said to me, in Xhosa, was ‘Are you here? They called you to come here?’ I couldn’t believe it. I just took a chair and sat down.”

Not only had he recovered enough to talk, but he remembered his family and was able to hold a conversation.

He asked his wife where she was working, and how she managed her daily commute between East London and Bhisho.

“I was so amazed, and the tears were just falling, falling all over my cheeks. I couldn’t believe that Ayanda was talking,” she said.

Since then, he has regained much of his awareness and has caught up on years of lost memories. He also holds long conversations with his now 9-year-old son.

Wasted muscles

As soon as he regains enough strength in his wasted muscles, Ayanda will be able to fulfil his son’s greatest wish, and come home.

The growing number of comatose patients transformed by Stilnox has not escaped the notice of the provincial department of health.

Dr Siva Pillay, head of the Eastern Cape health department, said that they were aware of Ayanda and Louis’ cases, and that policies for using the drug more widely were now being formulated.

Comments
  • pee.cee.121 - 2012-09-10 13:53

    Zaatheist... You are everything that is wrong with being an atheist... a self important idiot that believes that his own opinions are clearly right therefore the religious should be forced to feel stupid. You first of all seem to be a troll... Secondly you are preaching your beliefs to others... (remind you of anything?) While you are at it why don't you go start an atheist website and ask for donations... You sound like a religious zealot more than any person that has replied. We get it your an atheist you don't believe in a god and you name was enough to tell us this... you forcing your own beliefs and picking holes in theirs makes you just the same as the people you appear to be protesting. I'm proud to be atheist also, I'm even more proud that I have the tolerance to allow others to believe what they wish without making fun of their beliefs... You on the other hand are everything that is bad about atheism.

      Adriaan - 2012-09-10 14:11

      While I get that it can be perceived that way, but is it not also true that every time someones say "Praise God", etc. in response to this man's receovery that they are proselytizing? It seems to me that Christians get upset that when someone is doing the same thing they are doing - then it is all wrong!? For me, as Rodins Thinker said, it is a great insult to the many men and woman who worked on creating the pill, who looked after her husband in hospital and to the taxpayer who paid for his medical care, to simply dismiss them and give all credit to god. What a joke... That is why Christians are such piss poor humanitarians - because they are forever ignoring humanity and focus on an unknowable and non-influential entity.

      matthew.ovendale.3 - 2012-09-10 14:43

      I see the validity of your comment here. However discourse is stemming from this discussion. Look you commented. Had your say, kindly gave willing people the opportunity to see another angle. Is that a bad thing? have you become part of a bad thing? Yes maybe Zaatheist's comments are a tad abrasive and in many ways limit the potential for a proper discussions to emerge. But they are a starting point, we have to learn from the mistakes and successes of others to better ourselves or heaven forbid we might repeat history. Take the good and the bad from it but know how to intelligently analyze it for what it is. atheism in essence is the belief that rational thought has to prevail. on this trajectory people will stumble but help them back up. Foster that knowledge that we are here together, that we have evolved to where we are now because we have compromised and worked together for progress. that is a truth that nobody can deny, that is a reality.

      RodinsThinker - 2012-09-10 15:12

      @matthew - well put. As I wrote higher up, the agenda here has been set by the believers. Not by the journalist in calling it a "miracle Lazarus" pill, because that was a figurative usage, but by the believers in turning it literal. @pee.cee: Yes, it may seem cheap to criticise people for celebrating a wonderful event in their own way - but they are abusing a public forum in a small but significant way by attaching their beliefs to a perfectly explicable occurrence. By insisting publicly on a connection between prayer and healing, they are feeding the notion that is already too prevalent thatprayer is all that is needed. By the way, there is no evidence that prayer works - the few studies that have been done show that it doesn't.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-10 14:28

    zaatheist When you said goodnight last night, you said you are fowl not an owl. Owls are a symbol of wisdom of witch youv,e never shown any.Indeed you are a fowl in your own words,because your droppings proof that ,in your contributions.All Ckickensoup.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-10 14:31

      My request fell on death ears,let this mess then continue.

      Victor - 2012-09-11 01:41

      @zaatheist and you have failed to answer mine.

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-09-10 14:37

    Amid all the atheist posts this is an incredible story! A full article on this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/sep/12/health.healthandwellbeing Potentially the discovery of the century and by a South African GP. Absolutely extraordinary and wonderful news. I'm amazed it only hits the headlines now in South Africa!

      dakey.ras.73 - 2012-09-10 23:08

      @Zaatheist You must have missed the part where the drug had the opposite effect? Did the original article contain too many words that you couldn't be bothered to read all of it? PS, Congrats on setting the News24 record for most thumbs down in one article. Incredible.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-09-10 14:48

    Fantastic news, and wish the family everything of the best in the future. God seems to be finding fewer and tinier cracks to creep through to show his presence don't you think? This one was particularly sneaky, hiding behind the pill of 1 coma patient.

  • RodinsThinker - 2012-09-10 16:04

    Wanna know what really bothers me about this story and the faithheads? So we have this guy who's been in a hospital for seven years as a result of head injuries, right - a hospital being a place where there's professional care available and medical expertise. There's a comment on this page that this "waking up" effect of sleeping pills has been well documented - and yet this information did not get through to the medical professionals caring for the poor guy. This is actually a failure of the health system and a terrible indictment of it. Don't these doctors read medical journals? Doesn't the E.Cape Health Service keep up with research? Well, I guess many will just say it's the E.Cape, what would we expect but a low level of health service there... But that's not the point - when someone then spots the answer in a newspaper that circumvents this state of incompetence, IT'S CALLED A "MIRACLE"????! Miracle believers have a vested interest in not uncovering the truth behind the events they hold so dear for their faith. Imagine you were the Minister of Health and you took this attitude? Would it not decrease the likelihood of you taking a careful, considered look at what went wrong here? Doesn't calling this a miracle distract public attention from what should have an extremely high level of scrutiny?

      RodinsThinker - 2012-09-10 16:06

      As they say - religion is the opiate of the masses...

      RodinsThinker - 2012-09-10 16:22

      Good work, za! The fewer silly statements in the world the better... education can be painful, especially to the ego.

  • sheila.bart.71 - 2012-09-10 16:29

    Zaathiest...I really think you should ask God these things directly...the same God who created mountains that make you look like an ant, Tsunami waves that could take you away as if you were a mere speck, one lightning bolt that could reduce you to mear heap of nothing...look up at the heavens, earth a mere blip in the university...you are but one human being of a million, even with your intellect, you could not even create a small spider that can create a perfect (scientifically speaking) web, or a giant elephant that can communicate with sound vibrations over thousands of kilometers....can you tell the ocean where its waves should stop? Are you able to make rain, sun, wind??? Ah alas, evolution, from one little atom this complex and beautiful world BOOM just became for no apparent reason, just soma soo for the hang of it....now for someone so intelligent, it does strike me as rather silly to believe that...anyway that samne God who's name and son and Holy Spirit you slander so irresponsibly, is the one you should ask directly for your proof.

  • hetty.oliver - 2012-09-10 16:33

    People shouldn't reply to zaatheist comments, it gives him pleasure when people react and the attention that he seeks, it also adds fuel to the fire. Ignore him and he will disappear.

      phae.rayden - 2012-09-10 19:33

      Zaatheist will never disappear, don't be fooled into thinking he doesn't know what he's talking about, or is looking for attention. He is impervious to insults and has been challenging Christians with an in depth knowledge of the Bible for a very long time.

      Victor - 2012-09-11 01:50

      "Zaatheist will never disappear, don't be fooled into thinking he doesn't know what he's talking about, " He has evaded all of my questions and failed to engage me intellectually.

      Victor - 2012-09-11 17:35

      Looks like @zaathiest has disappeared.

  • sheila.bart.71 - 2012-09-10 16:34

    And I do wonder, if someone had rather written Thank you Buddah, Thank you Hidekrishna, Thank you Mother earth or one of those would you still be spilling out this propaganda? Why?

      Victor - 2012-09-10 23:07

      Why do childishly attack others when I have provided the evidence for my beliefs as you have requested. It seems as if you are afraid or unable to defend your beliefs.

  • freddie.mostert.3 - 2012-09-10 18:26

    Eis Richard, you just had to use the word \miracle\ ! Dont you know athiests are watching!

      kriben.naicker - 2012-09-10 19:47

      The good thing is that our souls live forever, the sad thing is that those who refuse to receive Christ will live forever in hell. God still loves you bru, He will wait for you even until the last breath. Only God's Love is genuine and unconditional.

      freddie.mostert.3 - 2012-09-10 22:07

      @zaathiest- prove it! Boet! Prove that God does not exist, I dare you! Dont deflect with insults now. Come on and prove it!

      Victor - 2012-09-10 23:11

      @zaatheist I am not debating doctrine as you do not recognize it as an authority. I have provided scientific and philosophical evidence for my beliefs of a theistic universe while you have continued to run and disengage. Please defend your beliefs or at the very least discredit mine.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-10 19:55

    zaatheist: On one fact I agree with you, and that is that, numerous mails are deleted,which I think.Contorts this discussion.

      Victor - 2012-09-11 01:30

      @zaatheist I am still waiting for a response.

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-09-10 20:13

    Thank you Lord for your miracles.

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-09-10 20:16

    Thanks Mrs Mqinana for being advicable.

  • dawn.neethling - 2012-09-10 20:28

    Zaatheist: interesting phenomena: Atheists are as missionary about their non-belief as members of religions that claim to contain the only divine truth!

  • Marianne.v.d.Walt - 2012-09-10 20:28

    GOD is great!!

      RodinsThinker - 2012-09-10 21:19

      Oh all right - you convinced me! Not.

      freddie.mostert.3 - 2012-09-10 22:10

      Amen. Al the time, al the time.

  • lwanda.mhlauli - 2012-09-10 21:17

    I hope the heading of this article has nothing to do with the Lazarus story in the bible because Jesus never used a pill and Lazarus was not in a coma.

  • kriben.naicker - 2012-09-10 21:29

    @zaatheist. I guess your regret will be too late when you cannot experience what God has prepared for our eternal life. You wanted prove of the miracles God performs : http://www.kingjesusministry.org Enjoy bru and remember He still loves you. I know that for a fact, because I used to persecute the church as well, until I experienced His Power and Love. I have seen a leg grow before my eyes in a church service.

  • David - 2012-09-10 22:27

    Miracles do happen. May the families continue to reap the benefit of such a useful experience. This finding needs to be made available to more families and people who suffer from such a tragedy!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-09-11 05:41

    Its a miracle. U must thank God mkhaya

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-11 08:32

    God must be exalted for this unbelievable miracle,All the so called a.t.h.e.i.s.t.s swallow your disgusting pride and blasphemy.Hossana hossana God is indeed omnipotent..(singing)

  • christine.rohrbeckhall - 2012-09-11 08:35

    Love this!! How awesome!!!

  • richard.howes.982 - 2012-09-11 11:17

    Stilnox is no gift from god I asure u its a highly addictive drug that put a healthy mind in an unresponsive and disorderly state .Bt it is surely a wonder drug 4 these people who have awakend from their comas with its help .bt there's no heavenly intervention here just good science

      dakey.ras.73 - 2012-09-11 11:56

      Good science Richard? The drug had an unknown side effect which turns out (unlike for example Stephen Johnson's syndrome when taking aspirin) to have a positive side effect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens%E2%80%93Johnson_syndrome I don't think a drug behaving in a manner for which it wasn't intended 'good science', quite the opposite. You can believe in luck or God, your choice, but certainly not 'good' science.

      richard.howes.982 - 2012-09-11 12:12

      My bad lucky science it is

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-09-11 11:58

    Absolutely fantastic news! :) Perhaps what this world needs is a bit more faith......whether it be in a religion or in people......or in the universe, whatever....(aimed at that silly zaathiest that could not just appreciate a happy story). Ayanda, I hope that you will recover enough to go home... :)

  • peter.swale.9 - 2012-09-11 13:42

    Give that pill a bells!

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-09-11 15:45

    Hoooraayyyyyyy a good news story for a change!!!!

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-09-11 18:07

    "....and unable to talk, leave his bed or feed himself." Is is not what it means to be in a coma? Epic fail...N24

  • fairiesplayground - 2012-09-11 18:42

    Truely happy for the family. God bless them and my his health improve.

  • STEPHANIE.TEALE - 2012-09-11 22:39

    wow ! How fantastic, this loving family must be over the moon!! Amazing story!

  • karenadawkins - 2012-09-12 08:55

    WOW best story ever love good news god bless his wife's perseverance and faith ! wishing them a healthy long life together - and we forget miricales of god do exists

  • karohano.ntlaloe.5 - 2012-09-13 14:58

    i don't understand what the miracle is.

  • karohano.ntlaloe.5 - 2012-09-13 15:07

    i don't understand what the miracle is.

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  • Keneilwe Mongwaketsi - 2014-03-06 19:44

    Hi,Can somebody please tell me Where exactly can I Buy the STILNOXPILL in Johannesburg,plz iv bin reading all de Testimonies,and Iam rily touched.So plz i nid ur Help

  • Keneilwe Mongwaketsi - 2014-03-06 19:45

    Hi,Can somebody please tell me Where exactly can I Buy the STILNOXPILL in Johannesburg,plz iv bin reading all de Testimonies,and Iam rily touched.So plz i nid ur Help