Near-Drowning of San Fernando Valley Siblings Highlights Water Danger

Sunday, August 14, 2011 |

GRANADA HILLS - Two young children are fighting for survival at a Mission Hills hospital after nearly-drowning in the backyard pool of their Knollwood area home in the north San Fernando Valley.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 4:42PM on Sunday, August 14, 2011 to 12055 Susan Drive in Granada Hills, where they found the lifeless body of a 2 1/2 year-old boy and his barely breathing triplet sister, who had moments earlier been rescued by their mother from the family's swimming pool.

According to witnesses, the mother had left the boy and girl playing together in a room within the large two-story residence, as she went to check on the third triplet and 7 year old sibling in another part of the home.

After an unspecified period, the mother returned to seek the boy and girl and determined them missing. A brief search of the premises led her to the swimming pool, where she discovered and rescued the submersed pair.

Two teams of LAFD Paramedics worked exhaustively and at the pinnacle of their skill to resuscitate the children. In the few minutes it took to arrive by ambulance at nearby Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, the responders had improved the girl's condition and restored the boy's pulse - giving them a fighting chance of survival, though both remained in critical condition.

With a focus on drowning prevention, the Los Angeles Fire Department was quick to stress the importance of its Pool Safely campaign, while highlighting the effectiveness of bystander poolside CPR that recently saved the life of another San Fernando Valley child.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Jessica said...

Our prayers r with u and ur family,

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Jessica,

Thank you for the kind sentiments, which we trust are being felt by the family in this most difficult time.

Sadly, we have no update to offer on the children's condition, as protocol requires any release of additional information must come from the hospital (in accordance with the family's instructions) following our delivery of the patient into their facility.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liam-Burditt/206198822772019

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 2:44,

Thank you for sharing that link. We're in no position or authority to validate the information as accurate, but remain confident that the many friends of the two children and their family will find solace and support there.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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