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Toddler serious after being found in pool

May 13, 2008

A 14 month-old boy was in serious condition after he was found in a backyard swimming pool in the 4600 block of E. Reins Road around noon on Tuesday.

Gilbert Fire Department spokesman Capt. Rob Duggan said the boy was in the care of a grandparent while his mother was at work.

The mother went home for lunch and found the boy floating face down in the water.

She performed CPR and got the child to breathe, but he was not alert.

The boy was transported to a Gilbert hospital and later to a Mesa medical center.

There was no information on how the boy ended up in the pool.

This was the third near-drowning in Gilbert this year, Duggan said.

On April 6, Gilbert resident Jennifer Gawel performed life-saving CPR on a 5-year-old boy who drowned in a community pool at a party.

The boy survived and is in good shape.

Gawel was honored Tuesday night at a Town Council meeting for being a good Samaritan.

There were a total of eight near-drownings last year, seven of which were children.

Duggan said there are numerous ways parents can protect their children around the water, including taking safety classes and always keeping an eye out.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Astrid Galvan
Copyright 2008 Arizona Republic

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