SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – A 3-year-old girl died Monday evening after she was found unconscious in a Riverton swimming pool Sunday morning.
A 3-year-old girl nearly drowned Saturday in West Jordan if not for the quick life-saving action of another parent.
That man does not want to be identified but does want the story told.
“I just hear one of the girls scream ‘She’s drowning’,” he told News4Utah.
The man says no one in the crowded community pool noticed the preschooler go under.
“I think the little girl just kind of blended in so that nobody noticed that she was drowning,” he said. “I think that was the big issue that none of the kids including myself was paying attention to the kids in the pool including the adults in the pool.”
He says her body was limp when he pulled her out of the water and laid her down on the ground.
“I heard no breathing. There was a very faint pulse. It was very scary. I thought she was going to die,” he said. “Started performing CPR. I tried to get all of the water out of her lungs. Then her Dad and her Mom ran over and kinda you know helped me a little bit to get her to breathe again…Eventually we got her to start kind of breathing but it was very difficult for her and we just kept trying to pump the water out of her chest. Eventually she began to breathe. You could feel the breath when you put your ear up to it.You could feel here chest coming in and out. I could feel a stronger pulse. That’s when the paramedics arrived and took over.”
She was treated overnight at a hospital and released Sunday morning.
“To be honest I’m just happy the little girl is OK,” the rescuer said. “I don’t look for glory or anything like that. I’m just glad that she’s fine and she didn’t suffer any brain damage like I thought she was going to. That’s all that matters to me.”
Primary Children’s Hospital warns parents:
- Never take your eyes off children in the water
- Stay alert and avoid distractions
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first
- Pools should be enclosed with self-closing and locking fences
Experts also remind parents to learn infant and child CPR. That rescuer told News4Utah he’s undergone CPR training three times starting when he was in middle school.
For more information on child water safety, go to https://intermountainhealthcare.org/locations/primary-childrens-hospital/hospital-information/child-health-safety/water-danger/
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