Baby found face down in backyard pool in horror near-drowning

A 15-month-old girl has been revived by her mother after almost drowning at a home in NSW.

The woman found her baby daughter face down in the backyard pool about 5pm on Tuesday.

Police say she pulled the girl from the water and immediately began CPR until the child began to breathe on her own.


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Paramedics then arrived at the Gwandalan house and the youngster was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital.

Miraculously, doctors have told police that the infant is expected to make a full recovery.

The incident has prompted police to issue a stern warning about being vigilant while children are swimming in pools.

“This incident could have turned out very differently,” Tuggerah Lakes Police District’s Acting Inspector Shannon White said.

“Thanks to the quick actions and first-aid skills of the mother, another tragic drowning has been averted.

“With holidays approaching, this is a very timely reminder that adult supervision of children, and knowing how to perform CPR, are key skills to avoiding drowning deaths,” Insp White said.

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