WATCH: SA doctor singing to young patients in UK goes viral

2019-06-21 13:18
Dr Ryan Coetzee singing to young Oscar McLaughlin.

Dr Ryan Coetzee singing to young Oscar McLaughlin. (Screengrab)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A South African doctor has become bit of an online sensation in the United Kingdom since a video of him singing to a sick boy went viral. 

According to UTV in Northern Ireland, Dr Ryan Coetzee, who works in the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, can regularly be heard using the hospital's children's ward as his "stage". 

Coetzee reportedly became an online hit when he was filmed singing to a young patient. In the video, Coetzee sings in a loud, baritone voice: "Homegrown alligator, see you later, gotta hit the road, gotta hit the road..." 

The song "Shotgun", originally by English singer-songwriter George Ezra, reportedly woke a young boy, Oscar McLaughlin, much to his joy. 

"In my head I was hearing someone singing George Ezra, then when I woke up it was actually Ryan," the 8-year-old Oscar told UTV. 

READ MORE: Single mum turns to Twitter for R10 prepaid power and gets an unexpected surge of kindness

Oscar was admitted on Saturday and was reportedly quite ill, but felt better after he was woken by the singing doctor. 

On Wednesday, after checking up on Oscar, Coetzee told UTV: "I think I brought him some joy in a miserable environment and gave him some happiness and a laugh, if anything.

"Obviously singing is not going to cure your pain, but it has a music therapy element to it."

In the UTV clip, Coetzee sings the popular "Bare Necessities" to a beaming Oscar, before high-fiving the boy. 

Watch the original clip here: 


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.