2-Year-old boy nearly drowns in pool at family gathering

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A toddler is recovering at a local hospital after being pulled from a Phoenix swimming pool.

"We see an ambulance is going down the street, and so my husband went outside and looked," said neighbor Katie Bowling. "He rushed back in and said, 'Oh my God, oh my God, that baby.' ... He told me that the baby was just completely limp when they pulled him out."

Around 9 a.m. Saturday, the Phoenix Fire Department arrived at the home near 36th and Northern avenues.

It is believed the toddler was only in the water for about two minutes before the family pulled him out and began CPR. A family gathering was taking place.

“The child was awake and crying, but the child was still vomiting some water from the pool," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra. "The child was quickly rushed to a local pediatric emergency room for evaluation."

Bowling, a mother of six, said she immediately called her daughter who was staying at a relative's house and reminded her not to go swimming without adult supervision.

“I cried. I prayed because we have children,” Bowling said. “I don't know that child, but that family is blessed because that child is still alive"