Family saves boy, 2, floating in pool with CPR

2017-05-27 17:20
Swimming pool. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Swimming pool. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - Paramedics praised a Pietermaritzburg family on Saturday for initiating early CPR with their 2-year-old boy who was found floating face-down in the pool.

His parents reportedly found him in the swimming pool of their Scottsville home on Saturday afternoon after they noticed he was missing, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

When paramedics arrived, they found the family had pulled him from the pool and started with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

"After the paramedic connected the heart monitor to the child, they found that his heart started to beat again."

Botha said the boy had to be placed on a ventilator and receive advanced life support.

He was stabilised and rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

"According to the paramedic, the success of this resuscitation is directly contributed to the fact that the family started with effective CPR. This is proof once again that early CPR really works," said Botha.

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