Toddler saved from drowning in Sharjah

A toddler was saved from drowning in a swimming pool in a residential building in Sharjah, raising concerns of lack of security guards in most buildings. 

Three-year-old Yasir Hussain from Afghanistan, who was playing with other children near the pool at his building, slipped and fell into the water, reported Gulf News.

The boys mother, who does not know to swim, jumped into the pool to rescue the boy screaming for help.

A neighbour, a doctor, rushed on and saved the child and his mother. The toddler was under water for about four minutes. He was unconscious when pulled out.  After performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Dr Omar Abdul Wahid called the ambulance and had the child admitted to Al Qasimi Hospital. He was later discharged after a thorough check-up.

The mother complained that security guards are hardly present at the pool. Meanwhile, an official at Sharjah Municipality, who declined to be named, explained that municipality inspectors conduct regular visits to swimming pools in hotels, clubs, villas, furnished apartments and residential buildings to ensure that safety regulations are being adhered to.

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