Heroic doctor brings dead boy back to life

2012-11-27 08:33

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.”

  • teri.bosmanbekker - 2012-11-27 08:40

    Wow wow wow!!! Well Done Sir! happy the boy made it!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-27 08:45

      My first story for the day. Nice to start of with some really good news for a change. Well done Dr Slamie

      trevor.whiley - 2012-11-27 08:49

      What an heroic doctor... I surely don't hope the boy suffered brain damage for being lifeless that long. Give the Dr a Bells!!! I think he also needs a key to the city. Helen... Please honor this doctor for his heroic dead!

      nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-11-27 08:51

      Give this man a bells

      trevor.whiley - 2012-11-27 09:02

      @ Thandeka2Luv - Just shove off and leave your racism out of this truly remarkable article please! Go and troll on some other forum please! GO AWAY!!!!

      elgh.elgh - 2012-11-27 09:03

      For a change very good news on the news indeed. - 2012-11-27 09:03

      I suspect the good doctor is a Muslim so Bells he wont enjoy ... Give the Doctor some Oros!! :-)

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-27 09:04

      The parents did not know where they child was... they should be fined.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-11-27 09:13

      Great stuff! This doctor is a wonderful example of humanity at it's very best!

      suash - 2012-11-27 09:15 - Durban University of Technology is neither a university nor do they know much about technology. I'm pretty sure their standards are that low that somebody with Thandeka's intellect can graduate. She probably has a certificate or diploma in stupidity.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-27 09:16

      Well done Doc! Good news on a Tuesday morning.

      chiefkeef.gbe.7 - 2012-11-27 09:39

      "Heroic doctor brings dead boy back to life" this is lie about "Heroic doctor brings unconscious boy back to life"???? when a person is dead you cannot bring them back to life

      UncleShep - 2012-11-27 10:01

      To all saying give this man a bells....he dont drink, he a muslim.....kkkkk....rather just pray for Allah to reward him....

      brucemgiles - 2012-11-27 14:26

      giving anyone a bells, considering how cheap and nasty it is, wouldn't be my first choice bar me not actually liking the person. this doc however deserves a lot more than a cheap drink. We need more hero's in our society.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-11-28 08:40

      I think very important here is NOT to give up on CPR after a few minutes. I think one can easily go on to 45 mins or more. Especially if the drowning was in cold water (as is on the “cold side” of Cape Town) the brain does not deteriorate as fast. By doing CPR one actually gets oxygen to the brain, even though the hart is not pumping. It is not like the brain is starved of oxygen of the entire time.

  • annelise.venter.77 - 2012-11-27 08:41

    Wow, that is true commitment from the good doctor. Well done and thank goodness the boy is ok!

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-27 20:06

      He is not only aDr,he is a Hero too.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-11-27 08:42

    That young man must be glad to be given second chance to live his dreams and huts off to the doctor.

  • gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-27 08:42

    Amazing. God is with us. Halleluyah.

      dracolusus - 2012-11-27 10:20

      +1 Its like saying that someone got kidnapped and raped. Then someone saved them, it was God's will...God be praised!

      marius.a.visser - 2012-11-28 15:51

      where was god then when he drowned?? think man think!

  • donald.dougall.9 - 2012-11-27 08:42

    Well done Dr. It it citizens like you that give me hope for humanity.

  • boyisile - 2012-11-27 08:43

    To god be the glory.

      deon.evert - 2012-11-27 09:14

      No, to the doctor be the glory.

      rainbownationrsa - 2012-11-27 09:41

      No to God be the glory. The doctor did what anybody, who knows the proper procedure for ressucitation, would have done. he did an excellent job.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-27 09:51

      So if god gets the glory for this miracle... how come he doesn't get any sh*t for letting the boy drown in the first place? 100% to the doc! Good job!

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-11-27 11:52

      To CPR the glory. It's a good skill that every parent should learn.

      boyisile - 2012-11-27 13:53

      The Doc got powers from god to do what he did. It was god's miracle for the boy to wake up. That is what i believe and you are free to believe what you want to believe.

      rainbownationrsa - 2012-11-27 14:43 you are now blaming God for allowing the child to drown when the parents were negligent and not watching him. like God picked him up and plonked him into the water. seriously!!!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-11-28 10:23

      @ rainbownation - the bible make it very clear, not even a hair will fall from your head, if not God's Will, so yes, God let him drowned in the first place, otherwise the bible must be wrong.

  • thomas.paine.946517 - 2012-11-27 08:44

    Well done to the doctor but the moral of the story is know where your young kids are at all times!

  • theodore.mhlongo.9 - 2012-11-27 08:44

    Praise Yeahw.....Doctor.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-11-27 08:49

    :DWell done doctor:D

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-27 08:50

    The Doc did his job,well done. Now can the parents pls look after their kids or take the nanny with if u ve forgotten how

      leatitia.mckay - 2012-11-27 09:00

      Thank you Ntutu, we are talking about the ocean, how on earth do you leave an 8 year old without constant supervision??? Hope they have learnt from this

  • tanyabussio - 2012-11-27 08:51

    Now this is how its done.... This is what doctors are suppose to do, save lives!! well done Doc!

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-27 08:52

    If you were in other countries, you ll have social services all over u for child neglect

  • peter.brierley2 - 2012-11-27 08:53

    It takes less than half an hour to learn how to do cardiac massage and resuscitation - and it saves lives! Take a little time soon and put yourself in a position to also save a life... Well done Doc. People like you make the world a better place.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-11-27 08:55

    No residual damage? lucky little boy!

  • onlinebaas - 2012-11-27 08:57

    Another South African Hero. We are indeed a country of remarkable people.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-27 08:59

    Luckily this wasn't in KZN and he needed an air ambulance. Congrats to the Doc, goes to show, never give up on CPR until pulled away by a doctor.

  • lwazi.sithole.9 - 2012-11-27 09:00

    well done!!! Great way to get the morning going, a positive South African story

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-11-27 09:02

    Well done doc u saved a mothers horror of losing a child and the boy @ the same time

  • kim.baxter.777 - 2012-11-27 09:06

    Absolutely amazing story! well done to the Doc!it is shocking however that the mother of such a young child did not know of her sons whereabouts in such a dangerous environment for a little guy! whole thing could have been avoided. Stupid careless mother!

      jennifer.crocker.165 - 2012-11-27 09:13

      Congratulations to the doctor and, yes, city should give him an award. Maybe a nice thing would be to join the fight to get funding for NSRI. As to the comment about the mother, really Kim, have you never ever lost track of a child for the second that it takes for them to vanish the boy was 8 not eight months old. You can probably be pretty sure she is punishing herself enough without you giving her a quick slap

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-11-27 09:53

      Jennifer, I am sure all of us have lost track of our kids from time to time BUT this mother did not even know her child was missing... just how long had he been gone for? You would also expect to be more vigilant on the beach wouldn't you?? just asking!

      jennifer.crocker.165 - 2012-11-27 13:52

      Well clearly none of you have ever done so, I am not saying that not looking out for your kids is a good thing. What I am saying is why take the opportunity to prove how wonderfully brilliant you are as parents at the expense of a mother who is probably gutted with guilt already. So easy to criticise others. Boulders is a pretty safe and contained area did my 8 years olds ever wander out of my sight when I took them there and for how long if they did I can't remember, my point was just don't get off on blaming other people or do if it makes you feel self-righteous and better than her.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-27 09:09

    Amazing, well done.

  • Earl O Tool - 2012-11-27 09:11

    what a marvelous story. thank u doc, u my hero too

  • ester.venter.3 - 2012-11-27 09:11

    Wow! Doing CPR for 5 minutes is quite strenuous, doing it for 30 minutes is utterly exhausting!! Well done dr. Your presistance and endurance is very commendable, and your passion for saving lives (by just doing your job) is an example for us all.

  • jeremy.jansen.545 - 2012-11-27 09:12

    Stories like these fill me up with warmth. Good you doc for not giving up. We all can learn a lesson from this.

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-11-27 09:13

    Who brought this child back to life, the Doctor or GOD?

      herman.bester.58 - 2012-11-27 09:22

      According to the story (and common sense) it was the doctor

      wesselo1 - 2012-11-27 09:22

      What God? Christian, Muslim?

      StreetRacer911 - 2012-11-27 09:26

      There is only one God. And I say this was nothing short of a miracle! Miracles only happen through the grace and love of God

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-11-27 09:33


      basil.clifford - 2012-11-27 09:57

      Why did God kill him in the first place, only to bring him back to life? Please man. God was nowhere to be seen.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-27 10:48

      "There is only one God.." that's the funniest sh*t ever...

      Saffa in East Asia - 2012-11-27 11:30

      I knew it was only a matter of time till this turned into a theist/atheist debate. Give it a rest. Well done to the doctor for not giving up. You are a hero.

      xoli.xuma - 2012-11-28 09:48

      The Doctor was used by God, He is a God sent, Doc was at right spot at a right time, the revelation of the grace of God to the people.

  • ronnie.v.peet - 2012-11-27 09:19

    idiot parents for letting their 8 year old wonder off in the first place!

  • ohattingh - 2012-11-27 09:21

    A lesson to parents, especially at the beach... keep an eye on your kids!! never turn your back on the ocean... Well done Dr. Slamie!!!!

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-27 09:21

    Great to read such fantastic news! Everyone MUST learn CPR. No one can survive a drowning or heart attack etc without bystander intervention.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-11-27 09:22

    Now this is what you call a REAL doctor!

  • StreetRacer911 - 2012-11-27 09:23

    Terrible parents

  • Moi - 2012-11-27 09:24

    Well done Doc!!!

  • mattcredible - 2012-11-27 09:25

    Well done doctor! Sh*t job parents!

  • nhlamulo.lesley - 2012-11-27 09:28

    What a miracle

  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-11-27 09:29

    Praise be to the man above, for giving this doctor the power to raise this boy from the death.

  • sara.d.luz - 2012-11-27 09:33

    firstly, parents should have kept an eye on him! But well done Doc! And Thandeka, seriously??!!!!

  • craig.moir.14 - 2012-11-27 09:34

    Praise be to Allah for bringing this child back to life.

      Joe - 2012-11-27 09:51

      Allahu Akbar

      Morné Els - 2012-11-27 10:14

      When did Allah get involved?

      lourainet - 2012-11-27 10:20

      Ur allah shud save middle east as muslems don't n nver had peace,suicide bombing n civil wars, so plssss

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-27 10:49

      Allah is just another word for god.

      UMvelase - 2012-11-27 17:20

      Praise to allah/god my foot! Thank the doc, he deserves all the credit!

  • melinda.botha.75 - 2012-11-27 09:35

    Well done Dr, to the mother how do you let your son out of your sight ?

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-11-27 09:37

    At last sme gud news to brighten t day even mre I guess doctors r on standby 24/7 No lifeguards!!!!

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  • otinerl - 2012-11-27 09:42

    Such dedication 2 duty n selflessness is highly commended

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-11-27 11:58

      Give the doc a Bells !!!

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-11-27 14:08

      mos def!btw,this is pure selflessness, the doctor was not on duty and therefore acted completely off their own desire, drive,kindness and desire to save lives.

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-27 09:57

    Such A "Feel Good" story for a change. Maybe N24 can publish more stories like this instead of all the cr@p they do publish.

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-11-27 10:02

    Luckily the doctor was there... good news story for once...

  • colin.spear - 2012-11-27 10:06

    Well done to the hero doctor, well done indeed. These parents were lucky but should also suffer some consequence for being so negligent. How do you allow an 8 year old out of your sight on a beach? How do you allow them out of your sight so long that you don't even realise its your own child being pulled from the water? That is beyond all reason.

  • shaun.mossop.3 - 2012-11-27 10:08

    @Thandeka2Luv ... your an idiot! Can't enjoy any good news, just want to hear the bad news.

  • Afrika Ayanda - 2012-11-27 10:15

    the mother mus be a moron

  • dela.rey.5458 - 2012-11-27 10:23

    Hey Thandeka, the 34 dead at Marikana, had their own doctor with them, the muti man, why didn't he wake them?!!

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-27 11:20

    This Dr deserves a medal from highest office in the land. I wish we had more Doctors like him in our public hospitals and Nurses who are prepared to serve the people with dignity and respect. I take my hat off for you Doctor,may your God be with you and your family.

  • kitty.vanjaarsveld - 2012-11-27 12:14

    I think the parents went throuhg HELL and badk again when they realise it is their child. Thankful that everything turned out well for them. Good dr!

  • kitty.vanjaarsveld - 2012-11-27 12:16

    Basil Clifford it was God's intention to bring him back to life for people like you not to question his doings. Just start believing.

  • tashwill.arendse - 2012-11-27 12:18

    It's not him, GOD worked true the Dr,, So say thanx to GOD the boy is still with us..GOD have a plan for that boy here on earth still..

      jonesriffler.mtokwana - 2012-11-27 14:25

      The DR saved boi y credit z nt given to DR bt God?christianity mentality

      UMvelase - 2012-11-27 17:12

      God this. God that! Please, enough already!! Thank the doc, not some god who doesn't exist!

  • sadiemy - 2012-11-27 12:29

    I am an ordinary housewife who can do CPR. In the fifteen years I have been in my town I have helped three people who collapsed. Also, when it comes to kids please do not give up too soon. This doctor knew that it is possible to revive someone long after apparent death, especially with drowing children. Often the cold water is enough to prevent brain death. Keep going until paramedics arrive. And LEARN to do CPR!