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Update: 4:30 p.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY- It was a terrifying morning for a Deer Creek area toddler and her family.

The 2-year-old girl was found unresponsive in a backyard pool.

She was medi-flighted to the hospital where she is recovering this afternoon.

Officials are now saying it’s what happened during the frantic moments before help arrived that most likely saved the toddler’s life.

EMSA’s Brian Bottom says, “During these events minutes count, seconds count.”

Tuesday morning could have been much worse for the family that lives in this northwest Oklahoma County home.

Officials say it only took a few minutes for a 2-year-old girl to sneak outside and fall in their back yard pool.

“Things happen very quickly. That’s why they’re called accidents,” says Bottom. “They happen at the blink of an eye. You have to be ready to react, be ready to respond.”

According to the 911 dispatcher this family was ready.

They did most of the work before paramedics got there.

The dispatcher walked whoever was on the other end through CPR, step by step.

But that’s not unusual, most of the time CPR can’t wait for the trained professionals.

“When 911 is activated a paramedic dispatcher will be on the other side of the phone giving detailed instructions,” says Bottom. “Whenever stress is at its highest remembering step by step sometimes isn’t the easiest.”

Fighting through the panic and the tears, officials say this family saved the toddler’s life.

The 2-year-old is a foster child and although officials are calling this an accident, DHS tells us they will be looking into the situation while supporting the family.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Emergency crews are responding to the scene of a possible drowning in a swimming pool.

Around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, firefighters and paramedics were called to the 19800 block of N. Council after learning a toddler was found unresponsive in a swimming pool.

Initial reports say the victim is a  2-year-old girl.

A medical helicopter has been called to the scene to transport the patient to a nearby hospital.

According to EMSA officials, the child was listed in serious but stable condition.

This is a developing story.

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