Richards Bay: toddler dies after rescue

2012-11-10 00:00

A TWO-YEAR-OLD Richards Bay girl died yesterday, 12 hours after being resuscitated by paramedics when she was pulled out of a swimming pool.

Neither the family nor Netcare The Bay Hospital, where the child had been admitted, would comment.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that when paramedics arrived, people had already begun resuscitation.

Paramedics took over and after lengthy resuscitation at hospital, the child’s heart started beating again.

Netcare 911 said they had responded to more than 218 call-outs to drownings and near-drownings this year.

Operations director Peter Feurstein said: “ Knowing how to swiftly rescue a potential drowning victim can make a tremendous difference.”

He said 75% of drowning victims were children under five.

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