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Bystander credited with saving girl, 2

She performed CPR near pool at NW resort

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Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:13 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

A bystander is credited with saving the life of a 2-year-old girl found at the bottom of a swimming pool at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort Saturday night.

Northwest Fire District crews responded to the resort at 7:23 p.m. Saturday, July 3, after the child was found by her mother.

Bystander Debbie Anstutz, who recently enrolled in a Phoenix-area medical program, began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the girl. After two cycles, the child's pulse returned, and she was conscious though not alert, according to Captain Adam Goldberg, a Northwest Fire spokesman. The resort does not have lifeguards.

The child was transported to University Medical Center and admitted to its pediatric intensive care unit. On Sunday, she was upgraded from "serious but stable" to "good" condition, and was transferred to a regular room later that day.

"This is a clear example that CPR saves lives," Goldberg said. "Every year we try to prevent drownings. They are 100 percent preventable; however, we know that they still occur. Somebody knowing CPR at the scene is what made the difference of this child surviving or not. We have no doubt that the actions of the bystander saved her life."

This was the first near-drowning the Northwest Fire District has responded to this year, and it was the fifth near-drowning in Pima County. There has not been a drowning in Pima County this year.

"We're better off this year so far, but the biggest time period for dangers is still yet to come in the month of August, in terms of the statistics," Goldberg said.

Adult supervision at all times is a must when children are around a pool. That means not talking on the phone, not reading a magazine, not sunbathing, and not falling asleep, "which we see a lot of."

Preventive measures should be taken by making sure pools have self-closing fences and gates. Knowledge of CPR is "very important," Goldberg said.

A number of organizations offer CPR classes. People can register for Northwest Fire CPR classes by 887-1010, extension 2.

This was the first near-drowning the Northwest Fire District has responded to this year, and it was the fifth near-drowning in Pima County. There has not been a drowning in Pima County this year.

"We're better off this year so far, but the biggest time period for dangers is still yet to come in the month of August, in terms of the statistics," Goldberg said.

Adult supervision at all times is a must when children are around a pool. That means not talking on the phone, not reading a magazine, not sunbathing, and not falling asleep, "which we see a lot of."

Preventive measures should be taken by making sure pools have self-closing fences and gates. Knowledge of CPR is "very important," Goldberg said.

A number of organizations offer CPR classes. People can register for Northwest Fire CPR classes by 887-1010, extension 2.

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