University of Toronto student died of drowning despite CPR

An 18-year old University of Toronto student died despite the delivery of CPR. The incident occurred during a trip to the school’s engineering camp. The student was found beneath a floating dock not long after he and his classmates jumped into a lake.

According to his family, the second-year civil engineering student Anand Baiju, did not know how to swim. He apparently drowned while at the facility on Gull Lake.

While on the way to the facility, the bus did not have air condition. Upon arrival at the camp, a group of students decided to cool off in the lake. The group who went to the lake included Baiju.

Under water ordeal

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Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a worthy investment.

According to Lakbala, one of Baiju’s classmates, after 20 minutes while in the water, he noticed that some students were anxiously searching the water around a floating dock which was some distance from the shore. Lakbala swam over and learned that Baiju might have gone under. He started to dive under the surface to see if he can find his classmate.

Others helped Lakbala get Baiju who was unconscious move back to the shore. The students started to perform CPR on Baiju while a professor called 911.

According to the police report, Baiju was declared dead shortly after being transported to a healthcare facility. The family of the young man was devastated by his death and wanted the university to take the necessary steps to prevent a similar accident from occurring in the future.

Why should I learn CPR?

Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a worthy investment. In similar instances, being prepared to perform CPR can help save a life. The life-saving technique can improve the chance of survival.

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LEARN MORE

Learn how to help by enrolling in a CPR class and for more information, check out these sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiopulmonary_resuscitation

https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/drowning-treatment

https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cpr/basics/art-20056600

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