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Dublin student saved baby’s life

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 1:00pm
Dublin student saved baby’s life

Tarik, with his wife Ciara and two of their children, and Assumpta and baby Hugh.

Dublin student saved baby’s life

Tarik, with his wife Ciara and two of their children, and Assumpta and baby Hugh.

A QUICK-thinking student is in the running for an ‘Everyday Hero’ award after he saved the life of a seven-week-old baby.

The mother of the baby, Assumpta Sweeney, believes her little son Hugh would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the heroic interventions of Tariq Rejeb.

The hero is now a finalist in the Everyday Hero category of the People of the Year, organised by the Rehab Group and broadcast live on RTÉ One on March 3.

In March of last year Assumpta was driving her daughter to Montessori when she heard a strange cry from her seven-week-old baby Hugh.

She stopped her car at the side of Crumlin Road, and to her horror, realised he wasn’t breathing.

“My partner Jason took our baby from the car seat, his face was blue, wasn’t breathing and was totally lifeless,” Asumpta told the Today with Sean O’Rourke show.

“Jason was calling the ambulance so I took Hugh into my arms. I shouted for help, I started shouting ‘my baby’.

“I saw a man across the road and he just came straight over and took Hugh from me.

“He crouched down, had him in his lap and starting breathing into Hugh’s mouth and doing chest compressions.

“Hugh was lifeless and it seemed to take a while. I saw the colour return to my son and he began to cry,” Asumpta added.

Tarik was running late for college when he spotted the panicked mother and made the split decision to perform CPR.

When the ambulance arrived at the scene they rushed baby Hugh to Crumlin Children’s Hospital where he was placed on life support for four days. He spent three weeks in hospital.

Although Tarik called to the hospital to see how baby Hugh was recovering, it wasn’t until three weeks later that he realised the infant had survived.

Tarik, who completed a refresher course in first aid a week before the incident, says the trauma has stuck with him.

He added: “I gave him his first breath and nothing happened, but on the second I could see his eyes moving.

“After a while the ambulance came and he looked ok. Assumpta was crying but I just kept saying that he was ok.”

Tarik is now in the running to scoop the Everyday Hero award at the People of Year Awards.

The awards show will be broadcast live on RTÉ One at 9.50pm.


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