A Sydney mother is today thanking her blessings after she was able save the life of her 15-month-old son using CPR after a dramatic backyard pool drowning yesterday.
The toddler was found cold, unresponsive and not breathing when pulled from the pool at the home in Wesley St, Telopea, in Sydney’s north-west about 10.30am.
The 34-year old mother, with two older children looking on, began CPR efforts including mouth to mouth and chest compressions. She later told doctors she had never been trained in CPR but “just knew what to do.”
Thankfully, within 14 minutes a CareFlight doctor and paramedic were at the home, landing in a nearby park and being driven there by police.
The first sound they heard was the toddler’s crying, the mother having succeeded in her initial resuscitation efforts. CareFlight immediately gave oxygen and took steps to raise his low body temperature before accompanying him and his mum in a road ambulance to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for further treatment.
The incident serves as a timely reminder as summer approaches of the need for vigilance around backyard pools wherever young children are involved. It also highlights the need for pool owners to complete a First Aid course and learn how to deliver CPR so they may be able to save the life of a loved one in events like this.
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