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Masaryktown girl in critical condition after nearly drowning

MASARYKTOWN — A 22-month-old girl remained in critical condition Tuesday after nearly drowning in her family's pool the previous night, officials said.

The girl fell into the pool about 8:30 p.m. Monday at her family's home in the 500 block of Roosevelt Road. She had apparently followed her 16-year-old sister outside, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

By the time the family found the girl, she had been in the pool for almost five minutes. Officials said the father, Erick Robinson, tried to resuscitate the toddler, and emergency officials were at the house within a few minutes.

The child was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa in critical condition. She has been placed on a ventilator.

"Probably the next 24 hours or so will determine whether she makes it or not," said Frank DeFrancesco, assistant chief for Hernando County Fire Rescue. "She has a good strong heartbeat, but it's still too early to know for sure."

Masaryktown girl in critical condition after nearly drowning 04/28/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 8:24pm]
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