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Saved Classmate from Drowning

Freydís Lilja Þormóðsdóttir og Thelma Rut Þorsteinsdóttir

Thelma Rut Thorsteinsdóttir, centre, and Freydís Lilja Þormóðsdóttir, right, with a fellow camper. Photo: A screenshot from RÚV.

A 12-year-old girl was quick to react when her classmate had an epileptic seizure while swimming, RÚV reports. When Thelma Rut Þorsteinsdóttir experienced a seizure while swimming in Eiðavatn lake in East Iceland, Freydís Lilja Þormóðsdóttir was quick to keep her friend’s head above water until help arrived.

Thelma and Freydís are attending a summer camp together by Eiðavatn lake. The two were jumping into the water when Thelma suddenly called out to her friend. “I asked her what was wrong and she told me she was starting to have a seizure and I jumped in and helped her and raised her head up so she didn’t swallow water,” Freydís said.

Páll Ísak Ægisson, a 15-year-old counsellor at the camp was next to arrive at the scene. “I lifted her out of the water since she shouldn’t be very cold,” he said. A boat arrived soon after and Thelma was lifted onto it and taken to safety. “Absolutely everything was just in place, thank God,” Páll Ísak said.

Freydís and Thelma are classmates in school, where Freydís learned how to react if Thelma should have a seizure. “I am her classmate and she had a seizure once when we were at school and after that our teacher showed us a video about how to save her,” Freydís explained.

Thelma was taken to Reykjavík for medical care, returning to the camp less than 24 hours later to a warm welcome from both campers and staff. “They were amazing. They were so quick to help me and quick to do everything and did everything right. They helped me so much. I am really thankful,” she stated.

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