Toddler hospitalized after nearly drowning in pool
LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A young boy is recovering in the hospital after being rushed to the hospital after his family pulled him from a swimming pool at his South Florida home where he had been found unresponsive, Monday.
According to officials, at the time of the incident, there were three adults present at the home: a grandfather, an aunt and a cousin.
Officials said the victim was playing with his half-brother and half-sister around their home, located on the 5400 block of Northwest 14th Place in Lauderhill. At some point, the infant opened a rear sliding glass door that led to a pool deck area without anyone else noticing. The 1-year-old victim fell in the pool, which according to investigators, did not have a child safety fence surrounding it.
Police said the boy's family does not know how long he had been in the pool by the time his 4-year-old half-sister found him. She alerted her aunt, who was the first adult to run to the pool deck and find the boy face down and motionless in the pool. The aunt removed him from the pool, ran into the house with the child and assisted his grandfather with the administration of CPR while the victim's adult cousin called 911.
By the time Lauderhill Fire Rescue crews arrived, the child still had no pulse. He was rushed to Plantation General Hospital where, according to investigators, his heartbeat and pulse were restored. The child was taken to the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he is listed in critical condition but is breathing on his own. He is expected to be OK.
Officials said the family is cooperating with police. No charges have been filed.
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