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Child ‘stable’ after nearly drowning

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A 2-year-old girl was reportedly in stable condition at a Nashville hospital after nearly drowning in a family swimming pool Friday morning.

Chief Deputy Larry Bowman of Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said a 911 call was received at approximately 8:45 a.m. regarding a small child who had been in a pool at a residence in the Hicks Hollow Road-Rogers Lane area, north of Lebanon.

The child’s mother found the child after the 2-year-old had been missing for about 5 minutes. The mother began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, on the child, and the deputy who responded to the call also performed CPR.

Bowman said Wilson County Emergency Management Agency took over upon arrival and summoned LifeFlight helicopter to transport the child to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

“She’s still stable,” he said, regarding the last update he had received concerning the child’s condition.

Bowman said the child was found in an above-ground swimming pool that was 3-4 feet in depth.

“She had just learned to open the door,” he said of the 2-year-old girl.

There were no charges filed in the incident as investigators determined no foul play was involved.

Bowman offered some safety tips regarding swimming pools, important to know as the weather turns warmer and more people will be outside.

“Learn CPR,” he said. “If you don’t know it, learn it.”

Next, if a child is old enough, teach him or her basic water safety tips, such as don’t swim alone.

Have a fence around the swimming pool area with a lockable gate, and if possible, have an alarm installed on the gate. That way, parents can be alerted when the gate is opened.

“Also,” he said, “it’s not a bad idea to have a surface wave or underwater alarm.” Such alarms sound if someone should accidentally fall into a pool. Check with swimming pool contractors or equipment and supply places for more information on purchasing alarms.

“It only takes a few minutes for a child to get away from you,” Bowman noted. “We hope everything continues to go well (for the child). Our prayers will be with the family.”

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.    

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