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Drowned toddler revived

2012-01-26 22:28

Johannesburg - A four-year-old boy was revived after falling into a swimming pool in Orange Grove on Thursday, Johannesburg emergency management services said.

"The boy was playing with a ball and it fell into the pool and he must have tried to fetch it," spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

A domestic worker had been attending to washing at the other side of the house when it happened.

"Fortunately the right number was called and emergency services arrived quickly. The boy had drowned, but he was saved by emergency services."

He was taken to a hospital in the area.

The correct medical emergency numbers in Johannesburg are: from a cellphone 112, from a landline 10177.

Comments
  • prahalath - 2012-01-27 00:22

    Phew. Some good news atleast

      Ann - 2012-01-27 13:32

      Good news story with a VERY misleading headline! If the toddler had drowned I imagine revival would have been extremely difficult, HOWEVER "drowning toddler revived" sounds a lot more plausible.

      Ernestine - 2012-01-27 14:06

      Actually Ann, it is possible. if he had taken water into his lungs, was not breathing, and was unconscious, then he would have drowned. Someone can be revived after they've drowned. The brain can only survive about 7 minutes without oxygen, so that person would need to get help fast, which is what seems to have happened here. Well done to the domestic worker for her quick action!

  • Jessica - 2012-01-27 06:50

    Yay. Kudos to the paramedics and domestic.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-27 07:50

    Now here's a story worth reading. Thanks to the domestic and the paramedics. You're all hero's here

  • Craig - 2012-01-27 08:25

    Once again the importance of a pool net and pool safety maintenance is brought to the fore. Children fall into a pool in the blink of an eye and the 2 - 5 minutes you spend looking for them is all that is needed for them to drown. Glad that they were able to revive the boy.

  • dumisiledee - 2012-01-27 10:24

    Positive story for the day:) Big ups to the domestic worker and the prompt paramedics:)

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