Jun 212011

A 4-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after he nearly drowned in a backyard pool during a graduation gathering at a Surprise home Thursday evening, officials said.

According to Surprise Fire Department spokesman Kevin Pool, the boy was at the gathering near 160th Avenue and Jomax Road with another family.

A teenager attending the gathering had walked outside to retrieve a cat that escaped through a back door that was left open, when he saw the boy floating in the pool.

The teenager provided CPR until paramedics arrived. They were able to get the boy alert and vomiting.

The boy was flown by helicopter to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is expected to survive, Pool said.

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