Phoenix Fire Department checks in on toddler who survived near drowning

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Nineteen-month-old Joy Loboda and her parents pose with crews of Engine and Rescue 17. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) Nineteen-month-old Joy Loboda and her parents pose with crews of Engine and Rescue 17. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
Doctors are calling Joy's recovery a miracle. (Source: Matt Loboda) Doctors are calling Joy's recovery a miracle. (Source: Matt Loboda)
It's believed that the toddler was without oxygen for almost 30 minutes, and had gone without a heartbeat for about 20 minutes. (Source: Matt Loboda) It's believed that the toddler was without oxygen for almost 30 minutes, and had gone without a heartbeat for about 20 minutes. (Source: Matt Loboda)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A little girl who almost drowned last month is going to be OK and her parents are calling it nothing short of a miracle.

In a photo posted on Facebook by the Phoenix Fire Department, 19-month-old Joy Loboda posed with her parents and the crews of Engine and Rescue 17.

"Even a lot of doctors here have not been remiss to use the word miracle. I mean, like, it really is a miracle," said Matt Loboda, Joy's father.

The child was rushed to a hospital after she was pulled from her grandfather's backyard pool on Dec. 29.

"She was with me and then I noticed she was gone," Loboda said. "It couldn't have been a minute."

After five minutes of searching, Loboda found her floating in the family pool. He pulled her out and gave her CPR.

She was rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

It's believed that the toddler was without oxygen for almost 30 minutes, and had gone without a heartbeat for about 20 minutes.

"As a father, I just knew she was gone," Loboda said.

 Doctors fought to get her heart beating again.

"They had a detective and a social worker in the room and I'm thinking, 'Oh my goodness, this is it,'" Loboda said.

Doctors got her heart beating again and she was in a medically-induced coma for nine days.

"I started praying over my daughter. I put my hands on her head. I asked Jesus to regenerate anything that was damaged in her brain," Loboda said.

When she came out of the coma, doctors couldn't believe it. Joy showed no signs of brain damage, only the spunky girl before the accident.

"I thanked God. I said thank you, Jesus for this," Loboda said.

Joy could be getting out of the hospital as early as Jan. 24.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page for the family. They also have a Facebook page.

The Phoenix Fire Department posted on Facebook which read, in part: "The Phoenix Fire Department would like to thank Phoenix Police for the quick response and providing Joy with CPR until the arrival of paramedics, and Phoenix Children's Hospital for the outstanding medical care given on December 29 to bring Joy back to life."

[RELATED: Toddler girl critical after being pulled from backyard pool at Phoenix home]

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