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Near-drowning victim recovering

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

A Wilson County toddler who nearly drowned in the family swimming pool is on the mend now, according to Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper.

“She is up walking and talking now,” said Cooper. “They are still doing functional tests, but they feel they have a good prognosis for her recovery.”

Paramedics airlifted the two-year-old girl to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt the morning of April 11 after her mother found her face down in the pool.

Wilson County Chief Deputy Larry Bowman said the mother found the girl in the 3-feet-deep, above-ground pool after she went missing for about five minutes Friday at about 8:45 a.m. at their home at 563 Hicks Hollow Road off Hartsville Pike in east Wilson County.

“The child had just learned to open the door,” Bowman said. “Apparently she did and got into the pool.”

Bowman said the mother performed CPR on the child until a sheriff’s deputy and WEMA paramedics arrived.

Cooper said shallow respiration and a pulse were restored at the scene before she was airlifted.

“The mother and daughter were the only ones home at the time,” Cooper said.

He said the child was in and out of consciousness during the flight to Vanderbilt, where doctors later put her into a 72-hour, medically induced coma.

“She’s doing a remarkable recovery,” said Cooper. “It’ll just take a little bit of time to get that full functional ability back from such a traumatic experience.”

Cooper said doctors have not told him when they plan to release the girl from the hospital.

Director of Content Jared Felkins contributed to this report.

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