Parents of 3-year-old who nearly drowned: 'Always know where your kids are.'Posted: Updated:
GILBERT, Ariz. -- Three-year-old Lucy Lindahl was surrounded by family, playing with a sand pail in her grandparent's pool when the unthinkable happened.
"We have a little girl who likes to climb and she just climbed up there and when all the adults are in the pool, here at that level, they can't see what's going on," said Ryan Lindahl, who was away on business when he heard the news.
His wife Misty was just feet away from the hot tub when it happened.
"By the time we realized she was up there, my mother-in-law had a feeling to get out of the pool and check on her, and found her," she said. "I had no inkling she was in trouble until I saw her laying on the deck, and she was blue.
The little girl's grandfather and uncle pulled her out of the water and performed CPR but it was the paramedics who finally got a pulse, sometime later on their way to the hospital.
"We're just really thankful that she has the help and hoping that she can pull through it," said Misty.
Lucy is the fourth of five children, and it was the family's last full day visiting their grandparents in Gilbert. Everyone was supposed to return home to Utah today, but Ryan and Misty will stay with their daughter, as they try to accept some heartbreaking truths.
"That it's no one's fault. It can happen to anyone, anywhere and just always know where your kids are," she said. "Make sure you're always giving them hugs because you never know when your last one will be."
Lucy is now sedated at Cardon's Medical Center in Mesa. The Lindahl's say doctors are working to stabilize her heart and lungs before taking her off life support for more tests.