Child saved from pool set to be flown abroad

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

  • Three-year-old Salmeen Hadef Salem in hospital.Image Credit: Supplied
  • The swimming pool at Holiday Beach Motel in Dibba, Fujairah, cordoned off by police after the incident.Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Oct 29, 2012 6:22

    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.

  • Nasir Rafiq

    Oct 29, 2012 5:34

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

  • najimudin

    Oct 29, 2012 5:33

    May the almighty bring him back. Allah Kareem

  • Syed A Samad

    Oct 29, 2012 5:15

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

  • Bushra

    Oct 29, 2012 5:06

    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!

  • Hammad Farooqui

    Oct 29, 2012 4:57

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

  • Sohail Ahmed

    Oct 29, 2012 4:53

    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)

  • mohammed sadat

    Oct 29, 2012 4:35

    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 tohis highness Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan sir u r good man inthe world

  • Jaffar M.

    Oct 29, 2012 3:25

    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.

  • shafeeq

    Oct 29, 2012 3:22

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

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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.

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