Chelsea Pieterse
2 minute read
19 Oct 2016
15:26

Gym staff sad after failed CPR

Chelsea Pieterse

The family of the teen who died at Virgin Active Cascades on Sunday have said the 19-year-old will be remembered for his love of life, his family and his friends.

The family of the teen who died at Virgin Active Cascades on Sunday have said the 19-year-old will be remembered for his love of life, his family and his friends.

Aspirant lawyer and B.Comm student Muhammed Ridha Ismail died shortly after arriving at the Virgin Active Cascades gym on Sunday following a history of heart complications.

Ismail’s sister Shahista Ismail said the death of her younger brother had been “completely unexpected” and had “devastated” his parents.

Shahista said Ismail was studying towards a B.Comm at Varsity College, but had dreams of becoming a lawyer.

“He was full of life, very ambitious and liked by all who knew him,” she said.

Ismail, who had a history of heart complications, underwent major heart surgery in April.

He appeared to have recovered fully.

“He said his quality of life was so much better after the operation.

“He was in his prime and had a bright future ahead of him.”

She said Ismail had been laid to rest on Sunday evening with over 2 000 people arriving to pay their last respects.

She said he had many friends, young and old, and was very family-oriented.

Shahista said Ismail, who was called “Rider” by many as a pet name that “stuck”, would be missed by both his friends and family and that there were many “wonderful” memories of family time shared.

Virgin Active spokesperson Les Aupiais said the company extended their “deepest condolences” to Ismail’s family. “We can confirm that staff fully trained in the club’s health and safety procedures responded immediately to the emergency,” said Aupiais.

“Two doctors in the club at the time of the emergency voluntarily assisted in CPR, administering oxygen and deploying the automated external defibrillator equipment until medical emergency services arrived and took over the attempted resuscitation of the member.

“It is with great sadness that all our attempts to do so were unsuccessful,” she said.