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Toddler survives near-drowning

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A 3-year-old boy visiting family at the Quail Run apartment complex in Columbus survived a near-drowning incident at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

The unidentified child was transported in stable condition to Columbus Regional Hospital after being revived at poolside by his father, Columbus police and firefighters, said Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman.

The child was conscious and alert after being revived, Wilson said.


The 3-year-old had gone to the pool at 1182 Quail Run Drive with his father and 9-year-old brother, Wilson said.

The father was teaching the older boy how to swim, according to Columbus Police Officer Eric Kapczynski. The three were the only people in the pool, he said.

The 3-year-old was floating on a raft and was not wearing a flotation device. When the father turned around, he saw the young boy floating face down in the pool, Kapczynski said. The father estimated the boy had been in the water for only about a minute, he added.

The father got both boys out of the pool and began CPR on the 3-year-old. The Quail Run employee called 911, Wilson said, and Columbus police arrived within a minute of the call.

The 3-year-old expelled a large amount of water and began to cry as his father performed CPR, according to Wilson.

Lt. Matt Myers, Columbus Police Department spokesman, placed the child in a recovery position and applied back blows to remove more water from his lungs.

Lt. Dana Parks, a fire department paramedic, determined the child had more fluid in his lungs, and the boy needed to be transported to the hospital, Wilson said.

The pool does not have a lifeguard, officials said.

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