The former Paralympian swimmer Achmat ’’Sharkboy’’ Hassiem is slowly making progress recovering after he was taken off of his life support earlier this week and placed in a medically induced coma.
According to his mother Thoraiyah Hassiem, she is confident that her son is on the right path to recovery and could be swimming again, IOL reports. Hassiem was admitted to a hospital in Cape Town following a recent surgery that he was struggling to recover from.
Thoraiyah also mentioned to EWN that the complications started after the surgery when he had trouble breathing and his neck started to swell up. Doctors then had to perform an emergency operation.
However, she reiterated that due to the support her family has been receiving from the public, Hassiem is already showing signs of progress.
“Every day when we come to the hospital, there’s some improvement; his vitals are looking much better now, his temperature came down. Every day is a better day,” Thoraiyah was quoted as saying by EWN.
The 39-year-old became a Paralympic swimmer after a serious shark attack that claimed his lower right leg in 2006. He represented South Africa at the Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.
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