DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas toddler is fighting for his life after a freak accident inside his family’s apartment Tuesday night.

1-year-old Rodrigo Bardin is in critical condition at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas after he nearly drowned after falling into a trash can.

The boy’s aunt is still upset about her nephew’s condition, but was able to relive the moments after the family heard a loud noise on the patio.  “I heard my sister call her baby,” said Maria Bardin.

Rodrigo climbed in an outdoor trash can that had collected water from a recent rain.  He was unresponsive when they pulled him out of only a few inches of water.   He had fallen into the bin head first.  “He couldn’t open the eyes and he’s was like dead,” said the boy’s aunt.

Family members tried CPR with the help of a 911 dispatcher.   They drove him to a nearby fire station where paramedics were able to revive him.   “I hope that he’s going to be ok. that’s what I want,” said Bardin.

The toddler’s family hopes others can learn from their ordeal.  They also hold out hope that he will recover, and will be forever grateful to the paramedics who brought him back to life.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 275 young children have drowned in buckets or trash cans since 1984.