A Mount Pleasant Police Department dispatcher's helpful words led to a quick revival of a 3-year-old Pleasantville girl yesterday evening, police reported.
After receiving a 911 call at 5:48 p.m. from the family of a Tanglewood Road girl, "Dispatcher Rogers was able to talk to someone on the other end of the phone who was able to communicate his instructions," explained Sgt. Michael McGuinn of the MPPD.
"She was in the pool with her parents and she had slipped out of a swimming device," McGuinn said. "The father noticed she was floundering in the water, picked her up and found her to be non-breathing."
With the dispatcher's instructions, about three or four chest compressions were administered to the girl before she "began to regurgitate water and food and began to breathe on her own," he said.
Town police, along with the Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC) and a Mount Pleasant medic, all responded to the home.
"The child was transported [by PVAC], attended by the paramedic—because of the age and the nature of the injury—to Westchester Medical Center," McGuinn said.
According to a statement from the girl's doctor at the hospital at her time of admission, she "will be held for observation for the next several hours, but would possibly be well enough to return home this evening," the sergeant said.
No updates were immediately available about the girl's condition Saturday afternoon.
At the home, McGuinn said the police lieutenant and detective are investigating the circumstances of the girl's injury, though, "everything on its face appeared to be accidental at the scene."