SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A 2-year-old child was rushed to Children’s Hospital in critical condition after being found in a Westmoreland County pond Tuesday afternoon.
According to emergency dispatchers, the incident happened along Longview Drive in Sewickley Township around 1 p.m.
According to neighbors and first responders, the child wandered out of the home and ended up in a fish pond.
Andy Zurovcik, neighbor, spoke to the boy’s grandmother who was trying to watch her grandson, his older sibling, and also tend to her own ailing mother.
“She turned away from the 2-year-old for a second,” said Zurovcik. “He ended up in the fish pond.”
First responders said the boy was in the water for at least four minutes and was unresponsive. The grandmother discovered the child.
“He needed resuscitated,” Zurovcik said.
And thanks to the efforts of his grandmother, he was.
“He was breathing, he was crying, the whole deal, but they wanted to check him out better at Children’s,” Zurovcik said.
Zurovcik tells KDKA the child’s rescuer learned CPR and how to deal with a drowning victim long ago.
“As soon as it happened, she said it clicked in just like that,” Zurovcik said.
The child’s condition was evaluated as critical by first responders at the scene. However, he was conscious and alert