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5-Year-Old Boy Nearly Drowns in Hotel Pool
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -- A 5-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after nearly drowning in a hotel pool Thursday morning. The boy was with his grandparents and some friends at the Country Inn & Suites on Yankee Street. He had been swimming in the pool just after 10 a.m. Thursday when the incident occurred. The boy and grandparents have not yet been identified.
Medics who rushed to save a boy from drowning at a Washington Township hotel were beat to the job.
"I've never been so scared," said nurse Melissa Hilt.
Eight Nurses, attending a home care conference at the hotel have been doing several team-building exercises all week long, but Thursday was a team building event of a lifetime.
"I stood up, grabbed her and said someone is saying 911 in the pool. We need to get in there. We were out and then everyone was right behind us and there was a lot of prayer," said nurse Angela Miramontes.
Friends and family of the five year old child were able to pull him out of the water when he began drowning, but no one knew CPR. Thankfully those nurses were next door.
"He was off to the side of the pool. He was not responding. His lips were blue. He was completely pale. He was blue until the soles of his feet. We tried to give him mouth-to-mouth," said Hilt. "We couldn't get any air to go down so we immediately started chest compressions. No pulse. Then we tried to get some air again. He couldn't and then he started spitting up some water."
The nurses say they performed CPR and checked the boy's vitals before EMTs arrived.
"9-1-1 What's the location of your emergency?"
"Montgomery County. Gonna need a medic at 8227 Yankee St."
"Going to the main entrance to the pool for a near drowning."
"He's unresponsive. No I see him kicking his feet right now."
The pool gets to be five ft deep. The boy was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital for evaluation.
"I seriously didn't think he was going to make it. I've never not had that little loss of control," said Hilt. "I've been a nurse for 14 years and I was scared."
"God put us in the place we needed to be for this young man today," said Miramontes. "Everyone needs to know CPR. That one person in the crowd makes the difference because you're not going to have a room full of nurses at every accident.
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