18-month-old doing 'much, much better' after falling in the pond

18-month-old doing 'much, much better' after falling in the pond

Updated: April 12, 2021 10:33 AM
Created: April 08, 2021 09:09 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Olmsted County Sheriff's Office has positive news on the 18-month-old that was hospitalized after falling into a pond last Wednesday. 

As of Sunday night, the boy is off machines and his lungs and organs are continuing to improve. He still has a way to go, but is doing much, much better, said the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office. 


Original story April 8, 2021

(ABC 6  News) - The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said an 18-month-old is in the hospital after falling into a pond Wednesday afternoon.

Captain Scott Behrns said a family friend was outside watching their own child as well as an 18-month-old Wednesday around 4 p.m in NE Stewartville. The sheriff's office said the woman turned away for a few moments and when she looked back she saw the 18-month-old was not there.

The woman looked in the front yard but did not find the child. The sheriff's office said she called the boy's father who then came to the home.

The father found the child in a retention pond behind the home. CPR was immediately started on the child. Captain Behrns said initial information suggests the child was in the water for no more than 5 minutes.

Members of the Stewartville first responders, Mayo Clinic Ambulance and the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office arrived and the child was taken to Saint Marys in Rochester. 

Captain Behrns said the child is in critical care. The family told the sheriff's office early Thursday morning that the child is in a medically induced coma but seems to be doing well. 

"We're hopeful this is going to turn out okay but it's going to take time to figure out...I think one of the things that made a big difference here is the CPR performed at the scene and the professionalism shown by Stewartville First response and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service and their training," said Captain Behrns.

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