Child saved from drowning
by The Press and Standard | July 26, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 25, 2018 at 10:32 am
Members of the Cottageville Police Department and Colleton County Fire-Rescue raced into action when a July 22 drowning report sent them to a home in the 600 block of Griffith Acres Drive.
Family members found a two-year-old girl in a swimming pool and called the dispatch center.
As police and paramedics were responding to the call, which came in at 1:54 p.m., dispatchers were providing the caller with CPR instructions.
Paramedics arriving at the home found that the child had no pulse and was not breathing.
The ambulance crew continued the CPR and other resuscitative efforts including airway management and administration of IVs and medications.
They rapidly transported the patient to Colleton Medical Center with additional firefighter-paramedics on board the ambulance. An additional Fire-Rescue unit met them on the way to the medical center’s Emergency Department to assist with patient care.
By the time the ambulance arrived at the medical center, the young girl had regained a pulse.
Two doctors and a multitude of staff members at the medical center took over the treatment, working diligently until the victim began making attempts at breathing on her own.
Resuscitative efforts were continued and she was flown to the Children’s Hospital at Charleston’s Medical University of South Carolina by the CARE Flight medical helicopter.
The Cottageville Police Department is investigating the incident. Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said, “We are praying for her recovery and for her family.”