3-year-old almost drowns in Eilat, paramedics perform CPR

The toddler is now at Yoseftal Hospital where she is in a critical condition.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
July 27, 2019 20:18
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swimming pool under water illustrative

swimming pool under water illustrative. (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

A 3-year-old toddler was rescued from a pool at a house in Eilat on Saturday. 
 
The child was apparently underwater for several minutes before she was seen and rescued by family members. 


Paramedics performed CPR and evacuated her to Yoseftal Hospital where she is now in critical condition.
The hospital said, on Saturday, that the 3-year-old will be transferred to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. 


"Near the edge of the pool on the top floor of the building, we saw the girl unconscious and a doctor who was there attempting to resuscitate her," MDA paramedic Aviran Ashkenazi said. 


"We continued the medical treatment and carried out advanced resuscitation. After minutes of intensive CPR, the child's pulse returned and we rushed her to the hospital in critical condition."


 DATA FROM 'Beterem' for children's safety estimate that since the beginning of the year, 10 children have died from drowning. 


Michal Bar Doron, deputy director of the organization told Maariv that, "drowning is the second most common cause of  children's deaths. Children under the age of 5 are at high risk of drowning. 


"We call on parents: Do not say, 'It will not happen to me.' When there is more than one adult, an adult must be appointed at any given moment to supervise the children within reaching distance and without distraction. In private homes and in vacation homes, make sure the pool is fenced off and has a gate that locks automatically to prevent children from entering without supervision."


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