"Very tragic incident:" 1-year-old girl fighting for life after pulled from Mesa pool

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A 1-year-old girl is currently in critical condition after being pulled from a backyard pool in Mesa.

Mesa Fire and Medical crews responded to a near-drowning call Friday afternoon at a home near Southern Avenue and Greenfield Road.

When crews arrived, family members had pulled the baby girl, Lillian, from the water. It's unknown how she got into the pool or how long she was in the water.

1-year-old girl fighting for life after pulled from Mesa pool

Lillian, age 1

Mesa Fire and Medical crews treated and transported Lillian to Cardon Children's Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. However, she started showing signs of life, Mesa police reported on Saturday afternoon.

Lillian's dad said to Arizona's Family that his daughter was revived around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Hospital staff quickly administered more life-saving measures. Lillian remains at the hospital fighting for her life. 

"There are no suspicious circumstances," Detective Jason Flam of the Mesa Police Department told Arizona's Family. "It's just a very tragic incident."

Lillian's dad, who has seven kids with his wife, told Arizona's Family that four of his children were playing around the pool, and Lillian fell in the pool when she was chasing her older brothers. He said the family just moved into their Mesa home. 

GoFundMe page entitled "Baby Lillian, My Little Christmas Miracle" has been created by the family, where they share in detail everything they are going through. The page says Lillian has a steady heartbeat and on a ventilator, heart and lung bypass machine so her small body can rest after resuscitating more than once. 

"She is currently on a heart and lung machine and stable. Her heart was getting weak," said Lillian's dad in an email to Arizona's Family. "She is still fighting sedation. It's day by day, hour by hour right now." 

 


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