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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 massages.

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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