Following two tragic deaths of children over the weekend in the Grand Valley, one from a dog attack, another in a car accident, an unlikely hero saves a babies life in Fruita Tuesday. The incident happened at around 10:45 AM, when a mother discovered her baby had submerged itself in water during a bath. The one–month–old baby had lost consciousness and had no pulse.
Frantically, the mother took her baby out of it's infant bath–tub and ran outside where she saw a Ute Water employee, and from there the story has a happy ending. The mother, whose name was not released, asked the employee to help her, since the baby was no longer breathing. He immediately performed C.P.R. and revived the infant.
The meter reader was able to find a pulse and revive the child before emergency services arrived to the scene at 1124 East Carolina Avenue in Fruita.
According to Fuita Police Chief Mark Angelo, the baby was in an infant tub with only a tiny bit of water in the
bottom, and there was no water in the actual bath tub. He says the police department is looking into the possibility that the child may suffer from epilepsy, which would explain how the baby was able to submerge itself in the water.
The child was taken to an area hospital to be examined and was doing fine, Tuesday. Authorities say a young child can drown in as little as 2 1/2 inches of water. Drowning is the second most common cause of death among children ages one to four.
Ute Water is going to recognizing its employee for his act of heroism. Wednesday night on 11 News Colorado at 5:30 you can hear from the hero.
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