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Child saved from pool set to be flown abroad

Bodies of housemaids who drowned trying to save toddler will be repatriated

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 October 28, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Supplied
  • Three-year-old Salmeen Hadef Salem in hospital.
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Dubai: A three-year-old who nearly drowned in a hotel pool in Fujairah will be taken abroad for treatment after Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region, offered assistance to the family.

Salmeen Hadef Salem Al Ameri slipped into the adult swimming pool at a hotel in Dibba, Fujairah, last Monday. The two housemaids employed by the child’s family both jumped into the pool in an attempt to save him but both drowned.

The boy’s mother, who had left the pool for five minutes to bring food for her three children, ran back when she heard screams and gave her son cardio-pulmonary resuscitation at the side of the pool after a female tourist pulled him out from the water.

Salmeen is now in a critical condition in Tawam Hospital where doctors say his chances of survival are slim.

His mother, a resident of Al Ain, told Gulf News that she refuses to give up hope for her son, adding that Shaikh Tahnoun’s offer of help has given her something more to cling to. “We are sending my son’s medical reports abroad tomorrow, to America, Germany and China to see which country has the highest chance of therapy for the damage to Salmeen’s brain. We will get answer the same day and then we will travel in a private jet supplied with medical equipment. His Highness Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan was abroad but reached the country yesterday. He will help us in the whole matter, thanks to our Shaikh.”

On the medical opinion she has received, she said: “Doctors have told us there is little hope that my son will survive as he has damage to his brain but I do not care for their point of view, I trust Almighty Allah and I hope my son will get better. Pray for my son please.”

The bodies of the two housemaids who died trying to save Salmeen are still in the country. Official papers that must be processed before the bodies can be returned to the deceased’s families in Ethiopia and Sri Lanka can only be obtained after the Eid holidays.

Comments (33)

  1. Added 18:22 October 29, 2012

    Inshallah your little angel will back to his normal health soon. Just keep your faith in Allah. I really salute both house maids those who gave their lives to save the kid. May their soul RIP. I think government should to take strict action and a lifeguard should be compulsory to avoid such situation.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:34 October 29, 2012

    I see in him like my own son, InshaAllah, he will recover completely, I will pray for him.

    Nasir Rafiq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:33 October 29, 2012

    May the almighty bring him back. Allah Kareem

    najimudin, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:15 October 29, 2012

    Insha'Allah by Allah's will the 2 maids will be Martyrs & May Allah give fast recovery to their Son... Insha'Allah

    Syed A Samad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:06 October 29, 2012

    While I wish a speedy miraculous recovery for the child, and peace to those 2 souls who drowned in trying to rescue the little one, I strongly call for a strict implementation of life gaurds to be at the pool 24/7!

    Bushra, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:57 October 29, 2012

    Sad to hear the news - Such incidents are shocking and May Allah keep everyone safe. insh'Allah he will be fine - May Allah make his recovery faster. Ameen.

    Hammad Farooqui, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:53 October 29, 2012

    InshaAllah all will be better and your child will play with you, will talk to you soon. I and my family and all peopels prays for your child InshaAllah he will be full of health and will keep smile pls keep trust in Allah (Allah Ghafoor o Raheem) will make him better (AMEEN)

    Sohail Ahmed, Dubai,Sharjah, Pakistan

  8. Added 16:35 October 29, 2012

    Inshallah Almighty Allah will do a miracle for your angel star. We are all my femily my brothers praying for his early recovery and thanx to his highness Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan sir u r good man in the world

    mohammed sadat, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:25 October 29, 2012

    Allah - Kareem! Believe in Allah, Inshallah Almighty Allah will do a miracle for your angel star. We are all praying for his early recovery. Our heartfelt condolence message to the families of your housemaids, who lost their lives saving your son. We salute their bravery. God bless them & may their souls rest in peace.

    Jaffar M., Sharjah., United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:22 October 29, 2012

    Insha Allah, he will be alright soon. I will pray to Allah for his recovery.

    shafeeq, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

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