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Toddler nearly drowns in pool

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Paramedics airlifted a 2-year-old girl to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on Friday morning after her mother found her face down in the family swimming pool.

Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper said the girl remained in critical condition early Friday afternoon. He said the girl stayed in and out of responsiveness during the flight.

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.

With warmer weather conditions approaching, Bowman said families with pools should be proactive to prevent drowning situations.

He said, first and foremost, parents should learn CPR. He also recommended having a fence with a lock on the gate installed around home pools, as well as a pool alarm.

“If the child is old enough, teach them basic water safety tips,” Bowman said. 

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