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CPR may have saved girl pulled from pool

Jun. 8, 2005

A 3-year-old Glendale girl is expected to make a full recovery from a near-drowning at a neighbor's swimming pool, firefighters said Wednesday.

Early intervention, including CPR, can be credited for saving the life of Angela Contreras, said Elio Pompa, a deputy Glendale fire chief.

Her condition at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center has been downgraded to stable from critical, Pompa said.

Angela is believed to have been in the water from five to seven minutes before she was pulled Tuesday night from a neighbor's pool in the 6100 block of West Montebello Avenue, Pompa said. She was found floating face-down under the diving board, he added.

The swimming pool has a fence and a self-latching gate, but Angela is believed to have bypassed the security layers by standing on a chair and unlatching the gate, he said.

"This is frightening," Pompa said. "We can only speculate she has seen other kids open the gate this way, or she used her imagination to figure out a way to get into the pool area."

The incident underscores the continuing need for adult supervision, despite safety barriers, Pompa said.

"You can't afford to let your guard down," Pompa said.

Angela was playing with friends in the front yard of the home before her mother and another parent noticed that she was missing, Pompa said.

She was found in the pool after the worried parents launched a search, he said.

The homeowner started CPR before firefighters arrived, Pompa said. Paramedics continued with the CPR and administered drug therapy.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
By Brent Whiting
Copyright 2005 Arizona Republic

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