Two children nearly drown at Fort Worth neighborhood pool

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by DAVID SCHECHTER and MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on August 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

FORT WORTH - A four-year-old boy nearly drowned while saving a three-year-old girl Monday afternoon at a north Fort Worth neighborhood pool.

The boy was transported by helicopter ambulance to Cook Children's Hospital after a drowning was reported at a Woodland Springs neighborhood pool at Timberland Boulevard and Old Denton Road. The boy was reported to be unconscious and not breathing, but he did have a pulse.

Upon arriving to the scene, emergency crews also discovered a three-year-old girl had nearly drowned. A MedStar spokesperson said the boy was supporting the girl above the water as she struggled in the deep end of the pool when he went under.

The girl was never unconscious, but was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after swallowing some water. She was reported to be in fair condition at 8:45 p.m. Monday.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, there has been no update on the boy's condition.

Tim Johns, a spokesman with the Fort Worth Fire Department, credited the quick response to the accident to Christy Daae, an off-duty nurse from Harris Methodist Hospital who was nearby.

“I had gone to the little pool to be with my three year old, and then I heard the scream," Daae told News 8. "And then I responded."

The emergency room nurse and another woman performed two-person CPR after the boy was pulled from the water, and continued until MedStar arrived.

“As I've kind of relived it and gone over it, I knew exactly what to do," Daae said. "I didn't second guess."

The child's frantic parents stood nearby as Daae and the other woman performed CPR.

"[It was] very upsetting," Daae said. "I couldn't imagine being the mom that was beside that little boy, talking to him the whole time as we were doing CPR."

Daae was told that the boy regained a pulse as he was loaded on to the emergency helicopter.

"I knew that's what I needed to do -- help," she said. "That's what any mom would do."

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