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NEAR-DROWN CALLS RISING WITH MERCURY

June 17, 1999

Valley paramedics reponded to at least four near-drowning incidents Wednesday.

* An 18-month old boy was found at the bottom of a swimming pool in the 6800 block of West Turney Avenue about 4:30 p.m., Phoenix Fire Division Chief Bob Khan said.

The child's father initiated CPR, and the child was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for evaluation. His name was not released.

* Paramedics treated a 24-year-old man who was found facedown in a pool in the 5400 block of East Woodridge Drive shortly after 5:30 p.m. He had apparently suffered seizures. Christopher Salgado was taken to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix for observation.

* In Scottsdale, 3-year-old Samantha Conway was swimming with her mother, Molly, and a 5-year-old brother at their home in the 12000 block of East Poinsettia Drive about 6 p.m., said a Rural/Metro Fire Department spokeswoman.

The girl slipped her arm "floaties" off and went under the water, Gilbert said.

Molly Conway pulled her out almost immediately and performed CPR before calling for help. The girl was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital for observation.

* In Mesa, 3-year-old Cassandra Twigg, visiting from Idaho, was let into the pool about 6:30 p.m. at a cousin's home in the 3400 block of East Fairfield, said a Mesa Fire Department spokesman.

Within minutes, the cousin saw her floating in the shallow end of the pool. The homeowner pulled the child out and was able to restart her breathing, Damiani said, adding that she was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital as a precaution.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Byline: By Christina Leonard and Chuck Hawley
©Copyright 1999 Arizona Republic

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