Tucson toddler recovering from near drowning - Tucson News Now

Tucson toddler recovering from near drowning

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A two-year-old girl is recovering from a near drowning after getting through a fence and into a backyard pool at a southwest side home on Sunday, according to Drexel Heights Fire District Public Information Manager Tracy Koslowski.

A neighbor revived the girl using cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, before paramedics arrived. This is the first reported near drowning in Pima County for 2014, but emergency workers said they are expecting more of these calls as the weather gets hotter.

The toddler is still in serious condition with fluid in her lungs, according to Koslowski as of Monday.

Agencies around Southern Arizona are working to prevent any more drowning-related incidents from happening. First responders said one of the best ways to prevent a drowning is to make sure everyone knows how to swim, especially children.

Employees at The Demont Swimming School on the northwest side said they are already busy teaching kids as young as 6 months old to swim as warmer weather arrives to the area.

Officials with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona tell us adult supervision is crucial when there are children in or around water. They tell us even stepping away for one minute could be dangerous.

In a possible drowning incident, Koslowski said it is best to use CPR instead of just chest compressions.

"We really need to make sure we use those rescue breaths with the compressions because those rescue breaths will get oxygen into the blood stream," Koslowski said Monday. "When we get into the compressions it circulates blood through the body so it's critical in order to minimize brain damage and to give these kids a fighting chance that we do rescue breaths."

Additionally, If you have not already done so, now is the time to make sure fences around pools are in working order including locking gates or other barriers, according to Koslowski.

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