Restaurant manager hailed a hero after saving 8 year old's life!

Nelly Malinga – a Restaurant manager at a local Spur – is being hailed a hero after saving an 8 year old’s life!


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Nelly Malinga was working her shift at the Lone Wolf Spur in Randpark Ridge when a customer started panicking after realising that her 8 year old son couldn’t breath.

Between the chaos and confusion, the incredible South African remained composed, kept everyone else calm and administered lifesaving techniques to the 8 year old.

The mother wrote a heartfelt letter, which has started to go viral, to thank Malinga for saving her son. Read the full transcript below.

“Good Afternoon,

I am writing this letter with gratitude in my heart for the care that was extended to my son when he took ill when we visited your Lone Wolf Spur on Wednesday evening of 28th November 2018 at around 19h00.

My bible study group, myself and my 8 year old son (8 adults and 1 child), visited the Lone Wolf Spur on the said day as a final get together before everyone goes away on holiday. I have visited that particular branch several times because of its close proximity to my house and we also like the vibe and my son who enjoys playing in your play area.

That particular day was no different than no other until my son came back reporting he couldn’t breathe. Initially, we thought he was choking on something but we hadn’t eaten anything. As we tried to help him, our actions caught the sharp eye of Nelly, one of the managers at the establishment who saw what was happening.

To cut a long story short, the problem was quite serious, my son was actually experiencing an asthma attack for the first time in his life.

Since I never experienced him getting sick this way, I was confused and not understanding how to deal with it. You can imagine the commotion.

She calmed the situation and administered CPR on him after my trying mouth to mouth would not work. He started breathing again and two gentlemen I believe were doctors and patrons at the restaurant also came to assist when they saw what was happening.

Nelly saved my son’s life and at the same time managed to keep everyone including some onlookers calm. She remained calm, professional and advised us to take him to ER at Wilgehuiwel hospital even after he started breathing on his own.

He is on chronic asthma medication and the hospital determined he suffered from an asthma attack. He was placed on oxygen and monitored for a few hours before he was discharged.

Without the first aid interventions of Ms Nelly, we could very well be telling a different story today. A big THANK YOU to her and I would like you as her employers to pass on our thanks and congratulate her on great job well done.

God bless you all.”

Thank you Nelly Malinga for inspiring so many South Africans!

Nelly Malinga - a Restaurant manager at a local Spur - is being hailed a hero after saving an 8 year old's life!
Photo: Store manager, Nelly Malinga, and proud store owner, Chris Marks

Sources: Facebook
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