Toddler lucky to be alive
WHEN Aimee Bane pulled a three-year-old toddler out of a West Street residential pool on Thursday afternoon, she was sure the boy was dead.
He had been face down in the water, his head and hands were deep blue and he was not moving.
"I was just about to lock the front door when I noticed a little body floating in the pool,'' said the 20-year-old, who lives in one of the units in a complex.
"I pulled him out and water started gushing out of his mouth and nose.''
Ms Bane laid the boy on his side and called Triple 0 in a panicked state.
"I didn't know what to do,'' she said as tears filled her eyes.
"I was pretty hysterical.''
When an ambulance arrived the boy was taken to the Rockhampton Hospital in an altered state of consciousness.
He was then flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where he was yesterday in a stable condition.
Ms Bane said she just did what anybody else would have done. She said she wished she could have done more to help the boy.
"Next week I will be going to a CPR course,'' she said.
"If it happens again, I want to know what to do.''
The child's father, who lives just down the road from the residential pool, was just pleased his boy survived.
"No words can express our thanks to her,'' said the father, who did not want to be identified.
"He had a guardian angel watching over him.''
While the family is relieved their son will be okay, Ms Bane is still shaken by the traumatic experience.
"I do not know how to explain how I feel,'' she said.
"Everything still feels fuzzy.