Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Boy, 7, saved from drowning

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Thanks to quick action by bystanders, a 7-year-old Westwood boy survived a near-drowning in an apartment complex swimming pool Monday afternoon.

Allisa Johnson, 13, and neighbor Rachelle Smith
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Deven Delco, who was pulled from the pool by a fellow swimmer and administered CPR by two adults, was listed in fair condition Monday night at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        The incident occurred about 2:50 p.m. in the pool at Ferncrest Court apart ments in the 3100 block of Ferncrest Court, Westwood.

        “It was crowded, but there was nobody in (the) 6-feet (area),” 15-year-old Victoria Spurling said. The pool ranges from 3 feet deep to 6 feet.

        “He can't swim,” Victoria said of Deven. “He jumped in the deep end. The next thing I knew he had disappeared.”

        “We were over there swimming and he just floated up to the top of the pool,” said 13-year-old Allisa Johnson.

        Another youngster pulled the unconscious boy from the pool.

        “I ran in the house and got my mother,” Allisa said.

        Her mother, 35-year-old

        Kim Allen, a nurse who works at the Oak Pavilion Nursing Center in Avondale, and Rachelle Smith, 34, a patient care assistant at Good Samaritan Hospital who is studying to be a nurse, worked to revive the boy.

        When Miss Smith, who lives in the apartment complex, arrived at the pool, Ms. Allen, who was visiting her grandmother, was doing chest compressions on the boy.

        “I held his neck up a bit,” Miss Smith said. “One little boy said he saw him go under and he pulled him up on the edge of the pool.”

        After awhile, Miss Smith said, “We rolled him over and he spit out some water. He was mumbling, "I'm drowning. I'm drowning.'” Cincinnati fire officials arrived shortly thereafter and took Deven to the hospital.

        A sign at the pool notifies swimmers that there is no lifeguard on duty and states that swimmers 14 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

        Michael D. Clark contributed to this story


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