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One-year-old in critical condition after nearly drowning in Mesa pool

Posted at 5:22 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 10:39:14-05

MESA, AZ — A one-year-old is in critical condition after falling into a pool on the morning of December 20.

The Mesa Police Department said the little girl was pulled from a pool around 10:30 a.m. near Southern Ave. and Greenfield Road.

According to a GoFundMe Page created by a family member, Lillian slipped and fell into the pool, and was found by her older brother. The brother jumped into the water and pulled her out.

"He firmly smacked her back and ran inside screaming for his mother who was coming down the stairs," wrote Nathaniel Talboys on GoFundMe, a family member. "Lillian’s mother immediately started CPR and chest compressions. Lillian coughed up water but was unresponsive. The eldest son immediately called 911 as her mother continued to perform CPR and chest compressions."

Lillian was taken to Carden's Children's Medical Center in Mesa. Talboys said Lillian was pronounced dead twice before noon, but efforts to resuscitate Lillian continued, and medical staff was able to get Lillian's heart beating regularly. She is on a ventilator and is in critical condition.

"She's doing really well... She's opened her eyes a couple times, said Amy, the girl's older sister. "She's in there and she's still trying to fight through everything."