BREAKING NEWS: Pretoria toddler drowns in bath

A baby dies after medics fight for his life. Photo: supplied.

An 18-month-old baby boy died in hospital after he was believed to have ended up under the water after slipping in the bath at his home.

The boy died despite desperate attempts by paramedics to keep him alive while rushing him to hospital.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Braam Kruger said paramedics responded to the drowning in Faerie Glen in the east of the city on Tuesday afternoon.

“We arrived at the scene and the baby was unresponsive. We conducted CPR and the baby responded as, after a while, we found a weak pulse.”

The baby was then transported to hospital.

“He unfortunately died shortly after he arrived at the hospital.”

Netcare911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said they had responded to a call of a toddler drowning in the east of Pretoria.

She said Netcare 911 found Emer-G-Med at the scene performing CPR on the toddler.

Mathe said the toddler had been unresponsive for a while until medics finally found a pulse.

They then immediately rushed the child to hospital.

According to a reliable source, the mother had left the toddler in the bath on his own for a few seconds to fetch clothes from another room.

“The child must have slipped in the bath caused by the bath foam in the tub.”

She said the mother was hysterical when paramedics attended to the unresponsive child.


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