Girl fights for life after pool plunge

A YOUNG girl was fighting for her life last night after she nearly drowned in a swimming pool in a back garden.Adults noticed the three-year-old girl was not inside the house in Briarwood Road, Woodbridge, and when they searched the back garden they found her unconscious in the small pool.

A YOUNG girl was fighting for her life last night after she nearly drowned in a swimming pool in a back garden.

Adults noticed the three-year-old girl was not inside the house in Briarwood Road, Woodbridge, and when they searched the back garden they found her unconscious in the small pool.

They frantically tried to resuscitate her and it is understood that advice was being given on the telephone by ambulance staff to help the adults keep her alive while they awaited the arrival of an ambulance crew.

The girl had to be taken away in an ambulance and then airlifted by air ambulance to Ipswich Hospital before she was transferred to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London.


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Her condition has been described as ''seriously ill'' and her parents were by her bedside. Suffolk police has not named either the girl or her parents and their address has not been disclosed.

A spokeswoman for the East Anglian Ambulance Trust said: ''We did attend Briarwood Road for a child believed to be drowning. If she was in cardiac arrest we would have advised them appropriately.''

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Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police, said yesterday: ''A three-year-old girl is seriously ill in hospital in London after she fell into a pool in the back garden at an address in the Woodbridge area.

''Police were called to the address by the ambulance service. From initial inquiries it appears the little girl was in the garden and fell into the pool.

''Adults in the house found she was missing and went to look for her. She was then discovered and an ambulance was called. She was taken by air ambulance to Ipswich Hospital before being transferred to the hospital in London. The parents of the girl are currently at her bedside. Police are investigating this tragic incident.''

Cyril Caley, a retired Suffolk College teacher, lives in Briarwood Road and he and a neighbour became aware of the tragedy.

''I had gone outside to speak to my neighbour and he said that an ambulance had gone up the road and as we stood there talking, the ambulance came back and shortly after a police car came up the road. I saw the child's mother in the front of the ambulance,'' said Mr Caley.

The girl's family were too distraught yesterday to talk about the incident which occurred at about 4.20pm on Thursday.

Police officers are urging parents to ensure that young children are kept under supervision, particularly if they are near water.

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