'Spiked drink' man meets new son

2012-02-29 10:21

Johannesburg - The man who was admitted to ICU after drinking a spiked drink on a night out in Boksburg to celebrate the imminent arrival of his son, has woken up from his coma.

As Travis van Niekerk, 21, was fighting for his life in hospital on Saturday night, his girlfriend gave birth to their baby, IOL reported.

Six days after he was admitted to hospital, Van Niekerk woke up and was informed of what had happened to him - and that he had become a father.

Van Niekerk was apparently unable to remember anything about the night he fell ill.

Tests showed a barbiturate, a type of sedative, in his blood.

There were no other drugs in his system.

Van Niekerk apparently cried when they first showed him a picture of his new baby.

  • John - 2012-02-29 10:30

    Hey All the good thinks are comming in your life. Congrats and.....carefull with those wild parties.

      shudusO - 2012-02-29 11:22

      no more parties...he is a father! ... he is suppose to party in his house with his family

      Lorenzo - 2012-02-29 13:41

      Yay for waking up from the coma… but a 21 year old with a child. I wonder how old the girlfriend is…? When will these kids learn.

      Melissa - 2012-02-29 14:00

      Lorenzo, im 21 and i have a child... gave birh when i was 19.. i dont regret anything about falling pregnant so young... i dont go out partying tho, my child is my responsibility.. please think before you speak something... what would you do if you children have to fall pregnant when they teenagers?

      Thinus - 2012-02-29 16:20

      Shame Melissa, sad way to start your adult life!!

      Lorenzo - 2012-02-29 16:24

      @Melissa. I’m sure you’re happy having your child, I’m not debating that. Think before I speak? Trust me I always do. Kids should think before they get pregnant. I would smack my kid across the head if they got pregnant at 19. And hopefully I’d teach them correctly so that they wouldn’t fall pregnant so young. No wonder most of the country is in poverty. Having kids so young instead of being responsible and waiting until they can afford them or until you’re in a stable relationship. And it’s just an ongoing circle. A Girl has kids at 17 and chances are her kid will fall pregnant early too. Its basic statistics. There’s already so many broken homes. And teen pregnancy is one of the main contributors to that.

      lynda.schenck - 2012-02-29 18:40

      er... Lorenzo.... I hope you dont have kids! If you hit them across the head when they do something wrong.... Sies on you! :-(

      nicky.vniekerk - 2012-03-01 09:02

      Love how people take a RARE, good article and start bickering like children about something completely idiotic... Most kids nowadays, at 19, are VERY mature, basically adults. As long as they can support themselves and their baby who cares how old they are. THE GUY JUST WOKE UP FROM A COMA!!!! Come on people! Congrats to the new parents and AWESOME that he came out of it all ok...

      Lorenzo - 2012-03-01 11:03

      @lynda.schenck – “I hope you dont have kids! If you hit them across the head when they do something wrong” … don’t exaggerate. Failing their maths exam is doing something wrong. Getting pregnant while still a teenager is just plain retarded and irresponsible I’m sorry. Obviously people who have gotten pregnant early won’t agree… but anyway yes well done on waking up from your coma.

  • Marion - 2012-02-29 10:33

    Happy to see you are on the road to recovery Travis. Congratulations to you and the mother on the birth of your son.

  • cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-29 10:36

    Next time your wife/girlfriend goes into labour, man up and stay with her rather than going on a jol!

      Jacqueline - 2012-02-29 10:57

      They went out before she went into labour. He was rushed to hospital the same time she was. Get your facts before you point fingers and judge!

      Sabiha - 2012-02-29 10:57

      lol gud one cheryl. u so right

      Trudy - 2012-02-29 11:27

      @Jacqueline What kind of child would go jolling when his heavily pregnant girlfriend is merely days away from the birth-date??????? All the dads I know practically carried their pregnant ladies on their hands for at least the last month or so. Regardless, happy that all went well with the birth and that he is fine too.

      Schmee - 2012-02-29 12:00

      I can't believe that Cheryl should get thumbs down for that comment. But then I guess if you look at how many women struggle to get maintenance for their children then it is obvious that a lot of people think it’s okay for the women to be left to look after the children on their own. Thanks Trudy, you've said it perfectly.

      Vermie - 2012-02-29 12:14

      Odd that you people jump to so many conclusions. Ever thought she might have allowed him a little time out to go have a night with the boys? how is one night a picture for the whole relationship/pregnancy. A very fuzzy picture at that since we don't have the facts to make these judgements you all are making. You're all assuming he just left his girlfriend alone to deal on her own. Amazing that a night to celebrate and unwind and the fact that his girlfriend went into labour not too long after should cause you all such outrage but nobody's going crazy about the actual crime o.o Do people even realise how common spiked drinks are?

      cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-29 12:40

      @Vermie. Are you a guy? I've known loads of pregnant women and not one of them have told their men to go jol at birth time. i feel for the guy but i'm also suspicious of his story. Not saying i think he is lying, just wondering, thats all.

      Vermie - 2012-02-29 12:50

      Assuming again? o.o No I'm not a guy. How would that change what I wrote though? Gender does not change the validity of words. I have at times gone to visit my mom or had a night where honsetly I just want to lay infront of the tv and watch a chick flick and do girly things I never get time to do... if my other half wants to use that night to go have a bit of fun with the boys why should I begrudge him it?

      Schmee - 2012-02-29 13:03

      Vermie, no assumptions were made on my part. He went to celebrate BEFORE the birth. He should have been available just in case it was a premature baby even if it was two weeks before the baby was due. One celebrates the night after the baby is born because both mom and baby are being taken care of in a hospital. Anyway I hope that he now at least knows where he needs to be.

      Vermie - 2012-02-29 13:32

      @Schmee Trust me I know all about premies and going into labour when you least expect it. What I'm trying to point out is the fact that people are quick to jump on other person's character without all the facts but the fact that he was drugged and ended up in a coma doesn't even blink on their radar. A night out for me is a nice (not long) dinner out. For other people it's dinner, drinks and a movie. The article says night out yet we all assume he's gone on an all out jol. Yes his girl was pregnant. Yes he went to have a drink. Maybe he went for two or three or more. Why couldn't he go after the birth? Where was the girlfriend when all this happened? those are the facts we don't know. Pretty important ones too if you're going to rip into a guy's character.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-29 13:55

      @Cheryl and Trudy wisely said

      Alexander-Malan - 2012-02-29 14:39

      Cheryl... uhhmmm. In this story where a father was in a coma, but has woken up and a baby is born, all that you could get was… don’t go party?? Do you nag much? Jeepers, it is a nice story, it is one with a happy ending, one of the few these days, but somehow you find a way to stuff it up. Well done

      grantybobbins - 2012-02-29 16:23

      @Vermie, he was out partying at a nightclub as the prevoius articles have stated!!!

      Vermie - 2012-02-29 17:54

      @Grant *facepalm* nice use of the !!! No need for agression. Just think you missed the point of my posts. Not to judge without all facts and the article (this one and previous) doesn't not show the full story and yet people insist on climbing on moral high horses and stomping all over a young man's character.

  • TankTammy - 2012-02-29 10:41

    Glad he woke up and I hope he is out of danger! Enjoy your child :)

  • Peter - 2012-02-29 11:12

    Not newsworthy at all....

      koo.doyle - 2012-02-29 14:11

      Didn't stop you from reading AND commenting.

      amelia.vandermerwe1 - 2012-02-29 16:31

      It is, because then the new youngsters know what can happen ????????????

  • Shanelle - 2012-02-29 11:27

    So nice to read happy endings!! Enjoy your baby!!

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-29 11:40

    Who are these faceless bastards who do this? and what is their motivation?

      K0BUSL - 2012-02-29 11:45

      Lets start with a p!ss&d of ex seeking revenge, then go to a Organ Syndicate, then go to an angry dealer who wanted revenge..... is the list long enough yet?

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-29 12:05

      Maybe it was the child's real father !

  • Den - 2012-02-29 11:40

    peter dear troll be nice

  • Janette - 2012-02-29 13:17

    The definition of the word ASSUME - don't make an ASS out of U and ME. He is 21 and no I am in my 50's , but was also young once and who knows his girlfriend could have been with him at the time and just happened to go into labour.

  • Rob - 2012-02-29 13:30

    Babies having babies.

      amelia.vandermerwe1 - 2012-02-29 16:33

      Seems you are a baby yourself, don't blame people when you cannot have a baby

  • Grant - 2012-02-29 13:42

    It would be interesting to know who spiked the drink and why. He could have done it himself. The report does not say if the police are involved.

      amelia.vandermerwe1 - 2012-02-29 16:34

      Yeah right !!!! He is such a baby he would do this to himself, wake up seems you are living with pampers as eyelids

  • Mikkel - 2012-02-29 14:32

    "Night out in Boksburg" - This. "21year old that had become a father" - And this. O we'll Good luck.

  • Jean Zglobicki - 2012-02-29 15:08

    Well as one of Travis' good friends I would like to congratulate him on making it out with his life, he is now able to spend it with his child! Even though there are people spinning their own stories, please get your facts straight before trying to tear a caring young mans character to pieces... Thanks for everyone that supported him!

  • jimmya - 2012-02-29 15:12

    lorenzo my eldest son was born when i was 21 there is nothing wrong with that. How old were your parents when you were born

  • Dan - 2012-02-29 15:35

    He and the mother of the baby aren't together anymore. They're not a couple, so he was out without her. She went into labour unexpectedly. What's wrong with that? You people shouldn't be so quick to judge without knowing the facts, jeez.

  • amelia.vandermerwe1 - 2012-02-29 16:26

    Nelson and Family, I just want to congratulate Y ou on the new grandson, and we are all pleased that Travis is back, just shows us one thing...... BEWARE SATAN, OUR GOD IS STRONGER THAT YOU THINK.

  • Terrence - 2012-02-29 17:07

    This dude was probably partying at Presley's in Boksburg. Everyone know they spike their drinks because of their "drink as much as you like" specials. If he wasn't then there's another place in Boksburg doing the same thing. I partied like hell before my kids were born. Only God will judge the rest can bite me.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-29 19:48

    Aweasome stuff happy for them!!

  • Louise - 2012-02-29 20:07

    Ah sweet - at last good news!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-01 05:55

    Woo hoo more good news...

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