Apr 262011

MESA, AZ – Fire officials say a 2-year-old girl is recovering Sunday afternoon after her brother performed CPR on her when she nearly drowned in Mesa.

According to Mesa fire spokesman Forrest Smith, the girl fell into her grandmother’s swimming pool around 9 a.m. near Sossaman and Guadalupe roads.

Smith said the girl’s mother found her floating in the pool and pulled her out. Her 9-year-old brother started to perform CPR, saying he knew it from watching television.

“When she was first taken out of the water, she was barely breathing,” Smith said. “By the time she got to the hospital, she was crying, which is good news.”

The girl was transported to Cardon Children’s Medical Center in serious condition. Officials say she is expected to be OK.

The victim and her family were in town from Las Vegas, Nev. visiting their grandmother.

This is the third drowning call in the Valley in the last two days.

On Saturday, a 3-year-old girl died after she was found in a family swimming pool around 3:30 p.m. in Mesa.

A few hours later, a 7-year-old girl was pronounced dead after she was found in an above-ground swimming pool in south Phoenix.

There have been 28 drowning calls in Maricopa County so far this year. Of the 28 drownings reported, 14 people have died; nine adults and five children.

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