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Infant nearly drowns in hotel bathtub

December 29, 2008

An 11-month-old infant is fighting for his life after nearly drowning in a Phoenix hotel bathtub Sunday morning.

The baby boy was in the bathtub with his 3-year-old sister around 9 a.m. Sunday, when the children's father briefly left the room to get coffee. When he returned, the infant was submerged under the bathwater, Phoenix fire Capt. Courtney Jenkins said.

The father called for help and began giving the infant CPR. The baby was taken to a local hospital for immediate treatment and was later airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Jenkins said the infant had stable vital signs but was using a ventilator. It was still unclear if the baby would have permanent brain damage.

The infant's family, from Cottonwood, was visiting relatives in the Valley and staying at the Homestead Studio Suites hotel near 19th and Dunlap avenues.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
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