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January 25, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
CHARLES KONG SOO
Whereas T&T regularly comes into
the glare of the international spotlight
for violent crimes, murders, guns and
drugs, it has recently made news for
a positive "feel good" story of a
Trinidadian doctor who saved a child s
life after he nearly drowned.
Trinidadian obstetrician Dr Sherene
Kalloo was on vacation with her hus-
band, Dr Varma Deyalsingh, at an all-
inclusive resort on the north coast of
St Lucia in January with their twin
sons. They were celebrating the chil-
dren s tenth birthday.
On the fateful day of January 16, after
having lunch on the beach with her
children, Kalloo took them to the kiddie
pool where there was a water-slide
area. She sat at the poolside supervising
her children and observing the other
guests who were mainly from Europe.
Barely a minute had passed when,
suddenly, she heard people screaming
a boy s name, Dylan, and frantically
asking where he was.
People were jumping into the water
and eventually pulled a little boy from
the bottom of the pool.
Kalloo said he was not under for
more than a minute or two before his
parents missed him as they were also
at the poolside.
She said instinct took over and she
ran to see what she could do while try-
ing to keep an eye on her own children.
Kalloo said the child was completely
blue, and when she checked for his
vitals he was not breathing and there
was no heartbeat.
Kalloo said she was pushed out of
the way by an employee of the resort
who attempted to administer first aid
to the child. Annoyed by the employee s
handling of the child, which might
have done more harm than good, she
said she pushed him aside and
announced that she was a doctor and
took charge of the situation.
She said physicians were trained to
try and resuscitate no matter what.
Kalloo said the boy s father, James
Spence, a deep wreck diver, noticed
that she knew what she was doing and
how calm she was, though everyone
else seemed to be in shock.
Kalloo said she started to do chest
compressions on the child. After the
fourth compression, Dylan started to
bring up water and food. Kalloo said
she instructed his father on how to
administer mouth-to-mouth resusci-
The little child then started to cough
and opened his eyes. That was a mirac-
ulous moment, Dr Kalloo said.
Speaking to the Sunday Guardian
from her office at Plaza Aranguez on
Friday, Kalloo said that it was divine
intervention. God gave her that gift at
that moment to be present, to enable
her to give something back to society.
Kalloo said, "There I was from little
Trinidad, Dylan had just turned three
in December and his parents are from
the UK, and I literally saved his life.
"It was such a wonderful feeling.
His parents kept saying words cannot
express how grateful they were because
it wasn t just their child s life was saved
but theirs too.
"The near-fatal tragedy would have
affected so many families and to me
it was just something that felt good.
"It was nice to see the same little
boy who was lifeless running around
happily the next day, to know that I
could ve done that for a family because
living without your child you cannot
get used to."
Kalloo said the management of the
resort thanked her profusely for what
she had done, even offering she and
her family a free stay at their conven-
She said she did not want anything
in return; it was just a wonderful
moment that she would remember.
Kalloo said T&T had been getting a
lot of bad press and the country had
appeared in a bad light, especially with
the murders of the German couple
Hubertus Keil and Birgid Keil and
attacks on British nationals in Tobago.
She said not much was heard about
the positives being done by Trinida-
Kalloo said she delivered babies on
a daily basis, bringing life into the
world, but saving Dylan s life was a
different experience and not one she
would usually experience, even as a
She said this affirmed her faith in
God and a message was being sent to
all those non-believers out there that
everyone, no matter who, makes a dif-
ference in life, once they believe in
Trini doctor saves Brit child's life
...Dr Sherene Kalloo was vacationing in St Lucia when boy's body was pulled out of pool
PARENTS: WORD CAN'T EXPRESS
HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE
Responding via e-mail to the
Sunday Guardian on Saturday from
their Bedfordshire home in England,
Dylan's parents, Helen and James,
said, "Obviously, it is very difficult to
put into words how grateful we are,
and how lucky Helen and I feel to
have our Dylan home safe and in
"On the day of Dylan's accident, I
vividly remember Dr Sherene
running to Dylan's side and starting
to perform chest compressions and
asking me to continue giving mouth-
"I also remember the words 'I am
a doctor' and never having felt so
relieved in all my life.
"She was a very calming influence
in the most stressful situation of my
life. Her professionalism and
experience shone through and
definitely helped to save Dylan's life.
"It is impossible to put into words
the gratitude we feel towards Dr
Sherene but I am sure any of your
readers with children will
Helen and James Spence and Dr Sherene Kalloo holding three-year-old Dylan whose life she saved from
drowning in St Lucia.
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