Man Saves Fish
With Kiss of Life
by Sherry Morse
A quick-thinking former ambulance driver from
Belgium recently saved the life of his pet koi fish by giving
it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Leo Van Aert had been celebrating his birthday
at his home near Antwerp with his family when his wife noticed
that the fish, which lives in a garden pond at the Van Aert's
home, was behaving strangely, swimming and jumping frantically,
before becoming motionless in the water.
Van Aert said he suspected that the koi had
had a heart attack. He took the fish out of the water and
gave it a heart massage, and after about fifteen minutes the
fish started to move.
Mr. Van Aert replaced the fish in the water,
but it then stopped moving again.
At that point Van Aert removed the fish from
the water and administered mouth-to-mouth rescusitation, also
known as the kiss of life, as well as continuing the heart
His actions saved the koi's life.
According to the Gazen Van Antwerpen newspaper,
Van Aert was so happy to have saved the fish, he decided to
name it after one of his grandchildren.
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