Doctors say toddlers are at the highest risk of drowning

A 2-year-old is in critical condition after she fell and almost drowned in a fountain inside the Augusta Mall. Doctors at GRU are telling News 12, drowning happens the most among toddlers.


News 12 at 6 O'clock / Thursday, August 29, 2013

Augusta, Ga (WRDW) - "Backyard pools in fact, are one of the most dangerous things for toddlers," said Dr. James Wilde with GRU.

And you can now add mall fountains to that list.

Doctor james wilde says it can happen any where and when you least expect it.

"You lose track of them they trip they fall into the water, they can't swim and they drown," he said.

Exactly what happened Wednesday night at the Augusta Mall.

The 2-year-old toddler, Alayna Rose, fell into the fountain and started drowning.

"They can fall into a body of water, parents need to keep close eyes on their toddlers," he told News 12's Patrick Price.

A similar incident happened early 2012. The mother, Jackie Ciro, was at work, when her then 2-year-old son ended up in the family pool.

"Toddlers are one of the highest risk age groups for drowning in the united states," he said.

More than one-thousand toddlers drown each year. A number that Dr. Wilde says could be lower.

"We can't make everything 100 percent safe," Wilde said.

In the case of Alayna Rose, she's alive today because of time.

"If you can get to somebody before they've been under the water more than a minute or two, then you have a chance of rescuing them," said Dr. Wilde.

Exactly what one nurse did Wednesday night, using CPR to revive the little girl, just before it was too late.

"More than 3 to 4 minutes, the likelihood of successfully rusessitating a drowning victim goes down substantially," he said.

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