Baby girl in extremely critical condition after found at bottom of Paradise Valley pool

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Photo of steps into a pool.
Photo of steps into a pool.

An 18-month-old girl is in extremely critical condition after family members found her at the bottom of a swimming pool in Paradise Valley on Saturday.

Family performed CPR until Phoenix fire crews arrived at the home near Lincoln Drive and 32nd Street and began advanced life-support measures, according to Phoenix Fire spokesperson Capt. Scott Douglas.

Firefighters took the child to a pediatric emergency department. A crisis response was meeting with the family there as of about 11 a.m., Douglas said.

No further information was immediately available.

The first known drowning death in metro Phoenix this year happened last week. A 3-year-old boy found unresponsive in a backyard pool near Bell Road and 21st Avenue died on Jan. 6.

According to a report by the Arizona Department of Health Services, in Arizona drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4. Arizona ranks fourth highest in the country for children drowning under the age of 5.

While two-thirds of drownings happen in the summer, the ADHS warns parents to remain vigilant throughout the year.

Children (and adults) who drown can be at risk of brain damage or delayed death from water inhalation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends learning CPR and first aid to assist individuals who have drowned while waiting for emergency services.

ADHS recommends focused adult supervision, swim lessons and four-sided isolation fencing with self-closing/self-latching gates around all swimming pools to prevent drowning deaths in children.

Republic reporter Julie Luchetta contributed to this story.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Baby girl in critical condition after found at bottom of swimming pool

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