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Boy, 4, recovering from near-drowning

September 9, 2008

A 4-year-old remained unconscious after being pulled not breathing from a Phoenix apartment pool Tuesday.

Phoenix firefighters revived the boy, who went into cardiac arrest as he was rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The boy was swimming with his mother in their apartment pool on the 2200 block of East Eugie Terrace. His mother's attention was pulled away from him and toward her cell phone, Fire Captain Hugh Chase said.

He said that she was away long enough for the child to fall beneath the water. The mother pulled the child from the pool and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her son.

A bystander, hearing screams, called 911. The operator gave the bystander proper CPR techniques until the fire crews arrived, Chase said.

Once at the hospital, he was rushed to the emergency room and stabilized. He was then moved out of the emergency room and was breathing on his own, although he was not awake.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Lauren Kawam
Copyright 2008 Arizona Republic

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