A toddler who drowned in the swimming pool at his day-care centre in Saldanha Bay on the Cape West Coast, but was resuscitated after 30 minutes, is awake and doing better.
JD Lange (1) is still on a ventilator at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. Though he’s opened his eyes, he’s still woozy and confused.
“They had to give him some morphine last night because when he wakes up he wants to pull out all the tubes. I don’t think he knows where he is – he’s very confused,” Jean-Mari Muller, JD’s aunt, told YOU on Monday, 9 March. The incident happened a week ago.
Jean-Mari posted a video to the group JD Lange Prayers and Updates in which it’s clear the little boy is making good progress.
On 2 March JD had somehow fallen into the swimming pool at his new day-care centre in Saldanha Bay. JD’s mom, Jessica (28), who’d just started a new job that day, had dropped him off at the centre and headed off to work. Barely two hours later, she got a call from the school.
Day-care personnel had already taken JD to the nearby Life West Coast Private Hospital in Vredenburg after performing CPR. He was transferred to Red Cross hospital later that same day.
“JD didn’t nearly drown – he did drown. He was clinically dead,” Jean-Mari says. “It took the doctors 30 minutes to resuscitate him. They fought hard – they know most children in JD’s situation never wake up again.”
The family were relieved when Friday’s scans showed there’s no brain damage but they’re careful not to get their hopes up too high.
“Though the scans showed there’s no brain damage, doctors are warning us it’s too soon to say. He’s not out of danger yet – he can still develop complications up to six months down the line.”
She says Jessica, who hasn’t left JD’s side, is struggling to cope.
“She’s an emotional wreck. I know when she’s with him she tries to be upbeat but as soon as she leaves the room the tears come. It’s hard for her to see her child like that.”
But, Jean-Mari says, they’re trying to stay positive and focus on the good signs.
“JD squeezes his mom and grandfather’s fingers. Last night he squeezed mine too – there’s a lot of strength in the little man. He opens his eyes and wants to pull out the tubes.”
Now the family is waiting anxiously for JD to be able to breathe on his own. And Jessica wants to hear him say “Mamma”.
“When that happens, she’ll be over the moon,” Jean-Mari says. “We know it’s not going to be long now.”
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