This 19-month old toddler is held by her mother after almost drowning at Imbil yesterday.
This 19-month old toddler is held by her mother after almost drowning at Imbil yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Toddler nearly drowns in bin

AN Imbil toddler narrowly escaped death yesterday after nearly drowning in a bin.

A Department of Community Safety spokesperson said it was believed the 19-month old girl’s father performed CPR to resuscitate her after the child was found in the rubbish bin, which was empty except for some water. It is also believed the child fell into the bin.

The toddler’s parents rushed her to the Imbil Medical Centre after performing CPR, where the local doctor stabilised her and called an ambulance about 11.30am.

Gympie Ambulance paramedics met the family at the medical centre before transporting the child, who was conscious and breathing, and her mother to the Imbil Showgrounds where the AGL Action Rescue helicopter was waiting.

A Gympie Ambulance spokesperson said the child was stable but was taken to Nambour Hospital for further observation.

The spokesperson said there was a chance there was some water in the girl’s lungs which could cause further complications. Both the mother and child were flown to Nambour.

Gympie Ambulance Officer in Charge Wayne Sachs said it only took millimetres of water for a child to drown.

Mr Sachs said there were too many risks with leaving little ones alone around any water including baths and buckets.

“We have seen numerous accidents involving toddlers being left alone, many of which could have been prevented under closer supervision,” he said.

Gympie Times


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