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Father of Oro Valley toddler who nearly drowned speaks

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ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Michael Martin is thanking a 12-year-old girl for saving the life of his 3-year-old daughter.

Kaitlyn Martin was at a neighbor's swim party Saturday and had a life vest on that was taken off by her parents so she could use the restroom. When the toddler returned outside she ended up underwater in the pool for less than two minutes.

Quick thinking Hailey Tellez pulled Kaitlyn out of the pool and began CPR. The 12-year-old Tellez was just CPR certified on Thursday because she is a babysitter.

"I widened, leaned her head back, so her airways could breathe through ... cause that's what you're supposed to do. And then her dad came rushing by and started pumping her," Tellez said.

The toddler's father reminds every one how quickly a near drowning can happen.

"It just literally took a second of turning around and not paying attention for a split second. All day we had had her in her life jacket," Martin said.

Golder Ranch Fire Department transported Kaitlyn to a local hospital to get checked out on Saturday but she was doing well enough that she didn't have to spend the night.

Kaitlyn's story is one of three near drownings in Southern Arizona over the weekend.

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