FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A child remains in critical condition on Thursday morning after being pulled out of a swimming pool in south Fort Worth. It was after 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday night when the 7-year-old girl was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center.READ MORE: Opal Lee's Annual Walk Was Extra Special Saturday After Juneteenth Becomes Federal Holiday
The girl was rescued from the pool at the Cobb Park Apartments on East Berry Street. Several residents stated that they pulled the girl out of the swimming pool and even started performing CPR.
Darius Rogers was one of the people who tried to save the girl. He recently learned CPR in a health class. “I hopped the fence immediately and tried to revive her,” Rogers recalled. “I tilted her head back, had her arms spread, and I tried to blow up her lungs for the water to come out. I tried to push it out, but it was too much water.”
Rogers continued doing CPR until paramedics arrived at the scene. Witnesses said that the child was not responding as she was rushed to the hospital.
According to Rogers, the girl had almost drowned once and was told to get out of the pool by one of his friends. But she then got into the deep end of the pool again. The child was there with cousins, but no adults were present.
Sharon West was at the swimming pool with her grandchildren, and was the first to jump into the pool to save the little girl. “She was in the bottom. She never floated up to the top,” West said.
“I have cousins that stay in the apartments with me,” Rogers said. “It could have been one of them.”
“It was really sad, no parents,” West also added. “It’s about 10-15 kids in the pool, no parents at this time of night — it’s really a shame.”
First responders said that they are seeing a spike in the number of DFW drownings, and it is alarming. A spokesperson with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas said that they had seven near-drowning patients last weekend, and 14 patients in the past two weeks. About 100 children are treated at the hospital for drowning or near-drowning each year.READ MORE: Fender Bender Leads To Shooting That Left 1 Dead, 1 Injured In Dallas, Police Say
Likewise, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth treated 23 drowning victims in June alone. None of them were fatal, thankfully, but that is more than twice the number that were seen at this time last year.
Most of the drowning cases occurred at a home, apartment or community pool. Cook Children’s Medical Center shared tips to prevent child drownings.
– Always have adult supervision present when children are swimming or around pools.
– A fence with a locking gate should surround the pool.
– Install door alarms to alert adults when a child is entering the pool area.
– Require life jacket use for non-swimmers.
– Enroll children in swimming lessons.
– Parents and caregivers should undergo CPR training.MORE NEWS: Police: Juvenile Girl Shot, Killed At Dallas Apartment
Safe Kids Tarrant County, led by Cook Children’s Medical Center, also offers Water Watcher tags to anyone who will use or distribute them. The tags help designate adults that are watching the water. After 15 minutes, the tag is given to another adult. Call 682-885-4244 to get a Water Watcher tag.