West U Boy Expected to Recover After Near Drowning at Colonial Pool

April 27, 2012

A West U boy is expected to recover from a near drowning at Colonial Pool.

“The prognosis is good,” City Manager Michael Ross told InstantNewsWestU. “It looks like he is going to be fine based on what we’ve heard from the father.”

The child, whose name was not released, nearly drowned at the pool on Sunday, April 22 while having a seizure.

According to city records, at 3:26 p.m. a lifeguard observed the child convulsing and slipped off the floating log play feature to the bottom of the pool. The lifeguard immediately activated the emergency situation signal with a whistle blast and entered the water to save the boy.

By 3:28 p.m. the child had been rescued from the water to the pool deck and staff called 911. The lifeguards opened his airway and began their “ABC” check and observed that the child was unconscious but was breathing sporadically and had a pulse.

Within two minutes of being called, West U police arrived on the scene and began CPR. The lifeguard’s supervisor on duty stabilized the child’s head and gave rescue breaths while the police officer administered chest compressions. After three full rescue breath compressions, city staff rolled the boy to his side and swept his mouth. According to the report, blood and fluid came out of his mouth and nose.

By 3:32 p.m. West U paramedics arrived and took control of the rescue. The child was en route to Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center at 3:48 p.m.

The incident drew criticism from some residents who witnessed the near drowning, saying that the lifeguards should have let adults at the pool  who said they were doctors assist with the rescue.

Ross told the news organization that it is against city policy to let witnesses assist in rescues because the city could be held liable.

“We can’t check resumes of self proclaimed doctors,” he said.

Ross said “there is no question” that city staff handled the situation exactly as they were trained.

The lifeguards performed extremely well and it was great to see the departments work together, he said.

West U’s lifeguards do weekly drills and are well trained to stay sharp and instinctive, he said. They also practice rescue situations similar to last weekend’s incident.

Within 17 seconds of the boy going under water, he was rescued, Ross said.

“That’s amazing and that’s what people expect of West University Place staff,” he said.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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