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Police Officer Hailed As Hero After His Quick Thinking Saves Drowning Toddler

A New Jersey cop is being praised for saving the life of a baby who almost drowned when she fell into a swimming pool.

Elizabeth Police officer, Leo Nunes, was the first responder to a home at 5:30 p.m on August 26th, 2018. He arrived at the home where he found a one-year-old, who had fallen into a swimming pool, unresponsive. Nunes quickly started performing CPR on the little girl until paramedics arrived to take her to the hospital.

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Paramedics arrived at the scene and immediately took the toddler to the hospital. The one-year-old stayed at the Beth Israel Hospital for 24 hours and then was able to be released. She is doing great and she is back with her family, but of course, everybody is pretty shaken up.

We are thankful that this story has a happy ending, but many others are not so lucky. Earlier this summer, Olympian Bode Miller lost his 19-month-old daughter in a tragic pool accident. Much like the toddler in this story, she had wandered away from her family for just a moment, and their lives were changed forever. Both of these stories highlight the importance of water safety, especially for young children during the summer months.

Drowning is the second leading cause of child deaths (car accidents are the first). Over 300 children under the age of five die each year from drowning and around 2,600 children under five are treated in the hospital for near drowning experiences. Drowning can happen within minutes. A child could have drowned before the parents even noticed that they were missing, as was the case with Bode Miller's horrible loss.

First responders are continually reminding parents about the dangers of water and to make sure to always watch their children around the pool. It is important to be aware of the horrifying drowning facts in order to protect your children from a drowning accident.  In the case of the little girl in this story, she was underwater for about a minute and a half and she was already unconscious. Her story ended well, but for hundreds of children that is not the case.

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