Chandler toddler narrowly escapes drowning in backyard pool

A Chandler toddler is lucky to be alive after he nearly drowned in the family's backyard pool. It's yet another reminder that it only takes a split second for kids to get into potentially deadly situations around water.

A Chandler grandfather is grateful tonight that his 18-month-old grandson survived a near drowning in his backyard pool. The grandfather says one second his grandson was helping him with yard work, and before he knew it, the toddler ended up submerged under water.

"We were just doing normal Saturday yard work, cleaning up the backyard," says Moses Koyobe, the boy's grandfather.

Moses Koyabe says his two grandsons, ages 18-months and 3 years, were helping him with the backyard chores when he noticed one of the boys was no longer next to him.

"I immediately asked my grandson where the younger one was and he turned around and looked at the pool," Koyobe said. "That's when I knew something was wrong."

"That time, you kick into adrenaline mode," says Koyobe. "Doesn't stop, gate was open and went straight into the pool. "He was lying face up, mouth above the water line. [I] got him out [and] did as much as I could do CPR and compressions."

Koyabe performed CPR on the toddler, who began crying and moving. Emergency crews rushed him to Cardon Children's Medical Center where he is being monitored.

Sadly these types of stories don't always have a happy ending. Every year, dozens of children in the valley are involved in drowning or near drowning incidents.

Maricopa County has one of the highest drowning rates in the country. Studies show most kids drown while they are under adult supervision, meaning the child is under someone's care, but not necessarily in the line of sight.

It only takes a few minutes for a child submerged in water to die from drowning.

Drowning is a silent killer. As in this case, you typically don't hear when a child slips into a pool and most drowning victims don't call for help or splash around.

And even if a child is pulled out of the pool in time, as many as 20 percent of near-drowning survivors suffer severe or permanent brain damage.

The toddler in this case is expected to be ok...his family expects he'll get to go home from the hospital tomorrow.
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