Man saves toddler with CPR

2009-10-21 00:00

QUICK thinking by a pharmacist saved a Durban toddler from drowning in a swimming pool yesterday.

The incident took place at a house that is used as a business in Windermere Road in Durban’s plush Morningside area.

It is believed that the toddler was playing next to the pool when she slipped into the water.

The toddler’s aunt saw her floating face down in the pool and screamed for help.

A visiting pharmacist heard the commotion and rushed to help the toddler, who had stopped breathing.

Netcare spokesman Jeff Wicks said that the man performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and managed to revive the child.

The little girl was stabilised by advanced life support paramedics before being taken to Addington Hospital.

Wicks said the child was in a stable condition and will make a full recovery.

Last week, an 18-month-old baby boy drowned at Mt Edgecombe in Durban.

The child was found floating in the pool by his mother, a domestic worker at the Silver Oak Avenue home.

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