After a swimming accident at Snake Pond, the 5-year-old Sandwich continues to fight for his life


After a swimming accident at Sandwich — Snake pound On Sunday, a 5-year-old sandwich resident Boston Children’s Hospital..

According to family friend Christine Petrika Ross, Zohive Malik Mohammad was put into a medically-induced coma on Thursday. Doctors want to give his body more time to heal after the coma turns out to be unresponsive in the shallows of Snake Pond.

At the time of the accident, Zohive was attending Ross’s daughter’s birthday party and suddenly went missing, Ross said. When many of the kids at the party played various beach games, including Zohive’s two brothers, his father Mubasil “Moby” Mohammad noticed that Zohive wasn’t with the other kids.

Moby, who works at the Forestdale Shell gas station, started walking along the coastline and told some parents that he couldn’t find Zohive. Since the party had all the kids, Mobie could previously wear Zohaib in a white shirt and choose him from a crowd of party attendees.

According to family friend Christine Petrika Ross, five-year-old Zohive Malik Mohammad is in a medically-induced coma at the Boston Children's Hospital. [Photo courtesy of Christine Petricca Ross]

According to family friend Christine Petrika Ross, five-year-old Zohive Malik Mohammad is in a medically-induced coma at the Boston Children’s Hospital. [Photo courtesy of Christine Petricca Ross]

“He was watching him really carefully and lost him for a second. I could feel his fear,” Ross said.

Immediately after hearing that Zohive was not found, the party’s parents took action. First I cleaned the pond, counted the number of people, and then searched for water to look for Zohive.

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“Maybe we had about 10 moms and we stretched out our arms and started combing the water,” she said. “I and another mom were swimming towards the buoy in case he got there.”

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Since many of his parents were members of the Coast Guard or health care workers, Ross said they followed professional safety procedures to find the boy. After searching for a few minutes, the woman saw a white shirt and pulled her Zohive out of the water at her waist height. He had a pulse, but was unconscious.

Zohaib Malik-Mohammad was attending a birthday party at Snake Pond when he went missing. [Photo courtesy of Christine Petricca Ross]

Zohaib Malik-Mohammad was attending a birthday party at Snake Pond when he went missing. [Photo courtesy of Christine Petricca Ross]

“We were probably doing CPR for about 10 minutes before EMT took over,” Ross said. “The rescue operation wouldn’t have worked any better. It gave him the best possible survival chance.”

The Sandwich Police Department declined to comment on the swimming accident.

A rally was held and funding was raised for the family

As Zohive continues to fight for his life, Ross Go Fund Me,and Meal train For community members who want to help their families. Donors can also buy gift cards to give to their families.

Ross also organized an alert in an outdoor classroom on Wednesday. Forestdale School.. Abide Malik-Mohammad, the mother of Mobie and Zohaib, has not left Zohaib’s side since the accident, but his grandmother and two brothers attended the alert and hundreds of community members participated.

Throughout the night, Ross shared thoughts, prayers, songs, and stories for his family. Since the Malik Mohammad family was originally from Pakistan, leaders of the Pakistani community also came and shared their prayers.

“The vigilance was really helpful. It was intended to show Zohive’s family that they were just surrounded by the entire community that worshiped them,” Ross said. “It also gave us the opportunity to get together to pray and support each other.”

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Chris Dintino, Principal of Forestdale School, helped organize the vigilance and said the rally was a great support show.

“Unfortunately, an incident like this happened to see how the community could get together and take this family under our wings,” he said. “I am very proud of our community.”

Parliamentarian Stephen Schalhos also attended the alert and was able to engage with the Zohive brothers and get on the Harley quickly. Since Sunday, Xiarhos said he has been in contact with the Malik-Mohammad family to provide support. Xiarhos’s son, Nicholas Xiarhos, was a Marine in southern Afghanistan and died in battle in 2009.

“Tragedy can be very painful, but it can also be beautiful when the community comes together,” says Xiarhos. “I lived when I lost my son many years ago. It was the community that got together and saved my family.”

Counseling for accidents

In addition to guard station assistance, Dintino set up a counseling service on Monday to assist children and adults who were present during the Sunday accident.

“I wanted to target the families there and the kids who saw what happened,” he said. “For children 6 or 7 years old, and adults present, this will be with them for the rest of their lives.”

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Most of the kids were distracted by the beach games during the party, but Ross said some of them witnessed the incident.

“They had a hard time dealing with it all because the group of (children) swimming in vain probably saw the most,” Ross said. “Mr. D opened a school and met a counselor, and many people used it. It was really good.”

The service will not continue at school during the summer, but Dintino said he could email him ([email protected]) if the family needed further counseling. rice field.

For Ross, it’s time for the sandwich community and beyond to give back to the Malikmohammad family when needed. She said Mobie in particular was essential to community members during difficult times. As a gas station worker, she said she opened a store during a storm or power outage just to give people access to basic needs.He was also kind to people near Ross who experienced early-onset Alzheimer’s disease — went to the point of raising money for the locals.

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“We need to be there for them, just as they were there for us,” she said. “It is very important to appear for this family.”

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Xiarhos also encourages the entire Cape Cod community to pray for the Malik-Mohammad family.

“Everyone is praying for a boy that most of us have never met. It’s very special. It’s very powerful,” he said. “I feel this may be one of the miracles.”

Dintino agreed that Zohaib and the entire Malik-Mohammad family need help to go a long way.

“He’s not out of the woods,” he said. “But I ran out of the red carpet for him in September and I hope he can go through my building and start kindergarten. I hope it happens. And I do it. I’m going to plan. “

This article was originally published in the Cape Cod Times: Sandwich 5 years old fighting for his life after a swimming accident

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