Toddler nearly drowns in Phoenix swimming pool



Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 1:40 PM

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PHOENIX -- A toddler is expected to make a full recovery after nearly drowning in a swimming pool Sunday, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

It occurred shortly before 10 a.m. at a home near 35th and Glendale avenues.

The mother told firefighters her 19-month-old son probably entered the backyard through the doggy door. Phoenix Fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra said the pool has a fence but it might have been broken or unlatched.

"The mother indicated to us she noticed it got quiet briefly," Saavedra said. "She went outside and the child was out there."

Saavedra said the woman immediately pulled her son out of the pool and administered CPR, and he began to breathe.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find the boy crying and vomiting. He was transported to a local pediatric hospital for evaluation.

Fire officials are reminding parents to take measures to keep their kids safe around water. Those measures include installing a pool fence, learning CPR, and constantly supervising children.

"These are 100 percent preventable," Saveedra said. "The number one thing is obviously watching our children around water."