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Gymnast wins gold medal and saves a little girl’s life

Reghard Vorster becomes a hero after winning a gold medal and saving a girl's life all in one day

Gymnast Reghard Vorster became a hero to one little girl after saving her life just hours after winning a gold medal at the SA Trampoline Championship at the University of Cape Town on Saturday.

The 14-year old executed the perfect routine ensuring he won gold in his category. Reghard Vorster says that was the breakthrough performance he always envisioned.

Still high from his victory, he went to cool down at a resort in Melkbosstrand. While swimming, he noticed a young girl playing in the smaller pool. He could see that she was slightly nervous as she was holding on to the pool’s side. After he had finished swimming, she was gone.

Vorster says out of curiosity, he went to the smaller pool to see if the water was warmer and saw the girl at the bottom. At first he thought she was trying to see how long she can stay under the water but then he  noticed she was not moving at all.

The adrenaline took over and he immediately dived in.

“When I grabbed the girl, her body was totally limp. Her brother was on hand to help pull her onto the side of the pool. I started doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation as I could feel no pulse. Not far from the pool a wedding was going on and told I the brother to go there and find if a doctor was among the guests. Luckily there was.”

On Wednesday, Vorster received the news that the girl is going to be fine.

“There is something special knowing that you were able to play a small part in helping save someone’s life. I am grateful for doing a first aid course last year during a Landsdiens Camp. If it were not for it, I possibly would not have been able to help the girl.”

Vorster’s dream is one day to be a brain surgeon, but before that, he also has goals of representing South Africa at the Olympic Games. He fully realises that it is going to take long, hard hours, but he is up for the challenge.

More : IOL


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