Monroe County first responders saved the life of a one-and-a-half-year-old boy who nearly drowned at the Greystone subdivision clubhouse pool on Sunday evening.
Monroe County first responders Jack Adams and Darius Patterson were at the High Falls fire station when they were dispatched to 141 Homestead Circle about a child drowning in the pool. They arrived at 6:09 p.m. to find the child outside the pool unresponsive, not breathing and without a pulse. The child’s family members, who had already begun cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the child themselves, reported the child had been in the water for about 10 minutes before CPR was started. Adams and Patterson took over CPR efforts upon arrival.
At 6:16 p.m., Monroe County firefighters Carson Rowland and Jessie Suggs arrived followed by Walton at 6:21 p.m. Two other Monroe County volunteers, Casey Jones and Kristal Smith, also attended to the child. By 6:30 p.m., the child was breathing without assistance. According to Walton’s report: “All responders conducted themselves in a professional manner and provided quality pre-hospital care.”
A Monroe County ambulance took the child to Macon’s Navicent Health Children’s Hospital. Walton said a nasogastric intubation tube was later inserted into the child, removing a large amount of water from his gastrointestinal tract. He is listed in stable condition.
Monroe County public information officer Richard Dumas contributed to this report.