2-year-old girl hospitalized after pulled from west Phoenix pool

Glendale fire crews recount the rescue of a 2-year-old from a backyard drowning.

PHOENIX - A 2-year-old girl has been hospitalized after being pulled from a pool in west Phoenix Wednesday afternoon.

According to Phoenix FD, the scene is near 67th Avenue and Camelback Road.

When firefighters arrived at the home, a parent was performing CPR on the girl, who had no pulse. Crews put her in an ambulance to the hospital and began treating her.

During the ambulance ride, she regained her pulse and started crying.

It's not clear how long she was in the pool, but she began breathing on her own upon arrival at the hospital.

Glendale Fire Cpt. Gregg Lentz and his team at ladder 152 were among the first to arrive on scene. Lentz’s quick thinking may have been the difference in saving this toddler’s life.

“She had a bunch of food in her mouth so I was trying to think of how to dislodge it. I threw her over my shoulder and she vomited all over my arm,” Lentz said.

Dislodging the food was the first step towards recovery for this little girl who began to regain consciousness in the ambulance.

“Signing up for this (job), you know people aren’t going to call you on their best day. It’s probably going to be the worst day of their lives,” said Glendale firefighter Nick Haney, who was also on the call.

Without their efforts, this very well could have been the worst day of these parents’ lives.

© 2017 KPNX-TV


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