Heroic doctor brings dead boy back to life

2012-11-27 08:33
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Cape Town - A heroic doctor has earned the gratitude of a Cape Town family after he tried for 30 minutes to revive a little boy who had drowned and eventually managed to save him.

Naasiek Whiting, 8, was at Boulders beach with his family last Sunday when he wandered off, reported the Daily Voice.

Dr Mohammed Slamie, 42, was also at the beach with his family and jumped into the water when he saw the boy’s body floating in the sea.

Dr Slamie said Naasiek was “already dead in the water”. He had no pulse and was foaming at the mouth.

He immediately started doing CPR and kept going for more than 30 minutes until the boy came to.

“After doing CPR for almost 30 minutes, Alhamdulillah [Praise be to God], he coughed up water and there was a heartbeat again, albeit very slow,” said Dr Slamie.

The boy slipped into a coma before paramedics arrived but recovered in hospital and was later discharged, having suffered no damage.

The boy’s mother, Kashiefa Whiting, 30, was shocked to discover her child had drowned.

“I told my husband ‘look there, someone has drowned’ - not knowing it was my own child.”

She was immensely grateful towards Dr Slamie, saying he had saved her son.  

“He is a hero and I want to thank him and everyone else for their support.”

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