Johannesburg social media was full of praise over the weekend for 20 year old Obakeng Seutane who saved the life of a woman who had a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting at Cedar Square Mall. All of South Africa though should be praising the young man for his quick thinking and heroism. Nicole Morgan was at the mall with her 6 year old son when she was stung by a bee and collapsed. She was going into anaphylactic shock when Obakeng dispersed the crowd which had gathered around her. He put her and her son into a car and drove to a hospital where doctors saved her life. While she was being treated he stayed with her son and managed to contact her husband. Read her full account though of what happened…it’s awesome.
And this what Nicole posted on Facebook.
“There are miracles performed everyday!
I wanted to share my incredible story about a wonderful human called Obakeng Seutane (aka my human Angel)!
On Thursday, the 28th of April at about 13:15 I went to meet a friend at Cedar Square to collect a pair of sunglasses with my 6 year old son, Mikey. We were standing saying our goodbyes when I put my bag on my shoulder and suddenly felt a sensasion like I was being burnt by a hot poker and looked under my arm only to realise that I had been stung by a bee! I was thinking how I should go about removing it, when my friend suddenly scrapped it off and asked if I was allergic, to which I replied “no”! She offered me an Allergix which she had just bought, which I took just in case and we said goodbye. I had been stung once before about 13 years ago on my foot and then once again about a year ago on my big toe, and although in both cases there was swelling and they were both very itchy, that was the grand total of my experience of being stung by a bee! However this time was completely different!!! For some reason I didn’t leave the centre immediately which I felt at the time I should go and pack as we were leaving to go on a family holiday to Mauritius on Saturday morning and instead I asked Mikey if he’d like something for lunch from Pick n Pay to which he said he’d like a doughnut. We went into Pick n Pay and got 3 doughnuts, 2 lts of Oros and a 6 pack of water and walked down the isle to the pay point, my things were rung up and just as I was about to pay I was suddenly overcome with a feeling of complete panic as my hands started throbbing, as did my heart, head and ears (my entire body for that matter) along with a feeling that I couldn’t breath and said to Mikey we had to go. I remember the cashiers looking at me very strangely as I walked away leaving my groceries behind. I immediately called my friend who didn’t answer her phone and then my husband who I told I was having a very bad reaction to a bee sting and that I couldn’t breath and was panicking and didn’t know what to do!!! He said I should go to the chemist, but at this stange I could hardly breath and had to sit down in the walk way. My son started to cry and pulled on my shirt saying come lets go mommy and I said to him I’m sorry boy I can’t move. An elderly man saw me an asked what was wrong and I said I’ve been stung by a bee and I asked if he had an Epipen, he shook his head. A lady then came racing towards me and asked what had happened and I said again I’d been stung by a bee, she asked for my medical aid card which I happened to leave at my doctor on Monday and opened my phone to where I had saved my medical aid no. I gave her my phone and she said she was going to get me some Allergix. I remember thinking to myself that I was way too far gone for any over the counter drugs to help me and that I was going to die, as nobody including myself knew what to do and that I didn’t have a lot of time left! That was of course until another man came running towards me and knelt down next to me and asked what had happened and if he could help. I told him that I had been stung by a bee and that I needed to get to the hospital and then I became unconscious (this took all of about 4 minutes from the start of the anafalactic shock in Pick n Pay to the point where I became unconcious in the walk way at Cedar Square). This man was Obakeng Seutane. He dispersed the crowd that had gathered around me and put my hands behind my head to help open up my constricted wind pipe and then calmed my son down. He then told Mikey that he was going to take me to the hospital and got me up with the help of another man and carried/dragged me down the passage towards his car. He put me in the backseat and strapped me in (God only knows how, as I was still unconcious throughout). He put my son into the front seat, introduced himself and explained to Mikey that he was going to have to drive very fast to get his mom to the hospital (Life Hospital). Once there, I was put into a wheel chair and taken to emergency where I was administered adrenaline shot, after adrenaline shot, after adrenaline shot into my chest and various different antihistamines. While the emergency staff were working on me a nurse came out to ask Mikey, who was still sitting with Obakeng, what my husbands number was. He gave Obakeng my phone and asked him to find Ross’s number in it (very quick thinking from my little guy who didn’t know his dads number off by heart). The nurse called Ross to say he better hurry up as it wasn’t looking good. My body had begun shutting down to the point where my bowels had released on the emergency table. My mother in law arrived at the hospital before my husband and said thank you to Obakeng and that he didn’t have to stay any longer if he wanted to go. He said he’s not going anywhere until he knows that I am alright and continued to wait with Mikey and my mother in law. My husband, Ross Morgan arrived thereafter having had to travel all the way from Parkhurst to Fourways and was met by the nurse who said that they had finally managed to stabilise me and that I had regained consciousness and he could see me. Although I had “regained consciousness”, I am unable to recall anything at all from the time I fell unconcious at Cedar Square until I woke up in ICU at 19:30 that night and remember thinking to myslef, Wowee, I a am actually here! I am alive!!! All thanks to my son, whose terrified face caught Obakeng’s eye as he was walking past on his way to gym with his earphones on and decided that we needed his help!
I was privileged enough to meet with Obakeng today, with my family to thank him in person for going out of his way to save my life and tell him how truley amazing he was for being able to think so extremely clearly when no one else was able too!!! From our meeting I was further shocked to learn that this amazing human is a mere 20 years old studying at Varsity college. He has given me my life, restored my faith in the youth of South Africa and in fact humanity as a whole and I can honestly say that he has made me see life in a completely different way! Thank you Obakeng, there are no words to describe my gratitude!”
That is outstanding.
Well done Obakeng. I salute your bravery in saving her life and looking after her 6 year old boy. South Africa and the world needs more people like you.