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Bystander CPR saves the life of young boy

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An eight-year-old boy is in a stable condition after a near-drowning incident outside of Potchefstroom. At approximately 6.30pm on Saturday evening, paramedics from ER24 were called to assist with a drowning incident at a lodge about 25 kilometres outside of Potchefstroom. When paramedics arrived on scene they were quickly escorted to a pool where bystanders explained they performed CPR on the little boy. It is understood that the boy was found unresponsive in the water and bystanders managed to remove him. They [bystanders] explained that they performed CPR on the boy and a couple of minutes later the boy responded. Paramedics found the boy awake near the pool. He was assessed and transported to Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital for further care and observation. The quick action and response of the bystanders contributed to saving the life of this little boy. ER24 urge parents and adults to always look after children, especially near swimming pools. Even when lifeguards are on duty at a swimming pool, it is vital that proper adult supervision take place.  

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