Toddler survives pond fall
By Roddy AshworthA PARAMEDIC said the body's natural defences almost certainly saved a toddler who fell into a pond and was submerged for up to a minute.
By Roddy Ashworth
A PARAMEDIC said the body's natural defences almost certainly saved a toddler who fell into a pond and was submerged for up to a minute.
The potentially fatal accident happened on Monday afternoon when the 16-month-old boy fell into a garden pond in Longfield Road, South Woodham Ferrers.
His mother's managed to pull him from the water and call for an ambulance. Crews arrived within five minutes and immediately started treatment on the toddler.
You may also want to watch:
The Essex Air Ambulance was also sent to the house and flew the youngster to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford for further treatment.
Damian Sherman, paramedic, said: “A child's body has a natural defence mechanism in situations like this. Effectively, it closes the throat when the body is underwater.
- 1 Road closed as one person trapped in car on its roof
- 2 11 Suffolk hotels named among best in the country
- 3 Pictures show flooding along Suffolk coast
- 4 Major A14 roundabout may not reopen until next week as water main repaired
- 5 Widow: 'Heartless' council won't allow extra 4 inches for my husband's headstone
- 6 A140 closed in both directions after two vehicle crash
- 7 Suffolk shop wins 'Boutique Clothing Store of the Year'
- 9 Warning of seasonal canine disorder after dachshund Trudie taken ill
- 10 Caravan owners furious after park suddenly blocks sales of properties
“When this happens the brain, in essence, puts the body to sleep, slowing the heart rate down dramatically.
“This means children can sometimes survive considerable periods of time underwater, though this is obviously not a situation that is desirable.”
He added: “Because of this and the quick reactions of his mother and the crews, he has not only survived, but was released from hospital after several hours under observation.
“This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the whole family, but we are all just so glad that it has turned out well.”