A dramatic video has emerged of frantic attempts by a Hmong hill-tribes man in the northern Thailand province of Chiang Rai to resuscitate a young Thai boy who drowned while playing near a small waterway.
In the video above, a young Thai boy lies motionless in the dirt, his shirt rolled up. A man straddles him, firmly compressing the young Thai boy’s chest and alternatively blowing air into his lungs. Out of camera shot his friends, speaking in a mixture of Thai and Hmong ask repeatedly whether the young Thai boy is breathing or not?
About one minute and seven seconds after the video begins the young Thai boy moves his mouth. His rescuer, who had been enjoying a drink with friends at a nearby store prior to responding to pleas for help, continues with his efforts. About one minute later the young Thai boy gasps for breath, a few seconds later he can be seen moving his head.
According to Thai television news Channel 8, the young Thai boy is about 4-years-old and is safe and recovering from his ordeal. In this instance there was a happy ending because a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was close by.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) death by drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for about 7 per cent of all injury-related deaths annually. Each year some 360,000 people dying from drowning.
While learning how to swim is an important life survival skill, learning CPR is a vital life saving skill. If faced with a similar situation would you be able to save a life?
A rudimentary understanding of CPR can be found in this instructional video produced by CPRCertified.com.
For practical training and to acquire the same level of proficiency as demonstrated above contact the International Red Cross or Red Crescent Movement in your country.
AEC News Today has contacted the Chiang Rai Provincial Office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), and the Thai Red Cross to inquire if any recognition will be afforded to the Hmong man who saved the young Thai boy, but no response had been received as at the time of publication.
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