How four strangers revived Gracemere's three-year-old Manaia
WHEN Manaia Tokotaua was pulled from a pool at the weekend, she had turned blue, her lips purple and she had no pulse.
Yesterday she was a bright, bouncing three-year-old girl happy at home with her family in Gracemere and her incredibly grateful mum Jemma.
Four strangers had used CPR to revive the youngster after Jemma feared she had lost her precious little girl.
Delia Davis was one of the heroes.
Delia yesterday said she had hardly slept over the weekend because she couldn't erase the picture from her mind of Manaia bobbing on the water, and seeing her face as she wiped the hair from her face."I was standing on a wall near the pool and I could see everything ... that's when I saw her (Manaia) stomach-down in the pool," Delia said yesterday.
"I just froze but it took a couple of seconds for me to click so I jumped in and dragged her out.
"I put her down, wiped her hair from her face and it was just horrible ... someone tried to open her eye lids and all I saw was her eyes roll to the back of her head."
The incident happened at the Zilzie Bay Resort on Saturday.
Manaia and her family were part of Waitangi Day celebrations, the New Zealand equivalent of Australia Day, attended by more than 100 people.
"Jemma said she was in the upper level of the resort when a relative flew up to tell her Manaia was yanked from the pool and had no pulse.
"By the time I got there she vomited up water three times," she said. "John performed CPR on her several times before she came back to us.
"Kylie said to her just keep performing CPR until ambulance officers arrive."
After almost five minutes of CPR to save her, she started to cry.
Queensland Ambulance Service rushed Manaia to Rockhampton Hospital, where she was discharged 24 hours later.
As a mark of gratitude to her rescuers, Jemma and her husband plan to organise dinner for them some time this week.
The others they know as Kylie, John and Sandy.
"I'm just so grateful for their help," Jemma said.
"Despite this accident, the Waitangi Day celebrations were great."
To Jemma's surprise Kylie and John, who work at the hospital, sat patiently in the waiting room with a full-sized teddy bear for Manaia.
Yesterday Manaia was her usual, "bubbly and happy-self", when The Morning Bulletin visited.
She and siblings, Lucy, 5, and Amira, 1, were bouncing off the couches in the lounge.
Jemma's partner is a Kiwi from Taranaki, a region in the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
Delia said she couldn't wait to visit Manaia so she could see for herself that the three-year-old was well.
Learning CPR is easy and only takes 2.5 hours of your time.
Queensland Ambulance Service conducts regular courses. Bookings can be made by calling 13 74 68 or online at ambulance.qld.gov.au.
Courses cost $63.