posted on Jun, 2 2013 @ 09:05 PM
Hello ATS. I just wanted to share this story with everyone to get it out of my system. I'm still in a bit of a shock since I witnessed this, so
sharing what I saw might help.
My sister and I decided to go to our main pool at our city park today around 2:30pm this afternoon. After driving around the parking lot for 10
minutes looking for a place to park, we finally entered the pool area. Once we set all of our stuff down and got ready to go in, we walked around the
pool to the lazy pool section.
As I looked over to one of the blocks where lifeguards stand, I noticed two on their knees over a little girl and my heart jumped. I knew something
was wrong right away, but not many other people seemed to notice. The other lifeguards in the area blew their whistles for everyone to exit the pool
and more rushed to aid the little girl.
Watching on in awe, I, and many others, noticed she wasn't breathing. One thing that stood out the most at this moment was her father yell her name
and dive into the pool to get over to where she was.
I'm not sure how much time passed, but through quick thinking and CPR, the lifeguards were able to get the little girl breathing again. She twitched
her legs, they moved her on her side and she started vomiting the water out of her system.
When we saw her move, I could feel a weight being lifted off everyone's shoulders. I could feel everyone's relief, specifically the lifeguards, that
they were able to save that little girl.
Once the EMT's came and took the little girl away, I heard a lifeguard whisper to another "She had no pulse." That line will probably stick with me
for the rest of my life. She had no pulse. Because of those lifeguards, that little girl was literally brought back to life.
Shortly after the EMT's took the girl to the ambulance (quick response, there's a hospital not 5 minutes away) the pool officials made an
announcement that the pool would be closed for 30 minutes while they got everything situated.
My sister and I decided to return to our bags and do a little sunbathing while we took everything in. Most of the people that were there at the time,
especially with their kids, took that time to pack their things and leave, deciding it would be better to come back another day.
When we sat down and talked a bit, I happened to look to my right and noticed two men quickly gathered their things to leave. There was a little girl
with them who was crying her eyes out and I realised one of them was the girl who nearly drowned's father and the other was a friend/relative. I felt
so horrible for them to have to go through all of that when they just wanted to take the girls to the pool for some summer fun.
There was a big part of me that wanted to go over to them and console them, but I knew that the best thing for them was to be left alone to go to her
as quickly as they could.
I know this was a long post, but I had to share everything that I experienced today. Watching a little girl die and be brought back to life really put
things into perspective for me today and I know I will always remember what I saw today.
Remember, a lifeguards job isn't just hanging out by the pool all summer. Thanks for letting me get this out of my system, ATS. You never know when
you'll see something like this happen.