Child in life-threatening condition after being found unresponsive at outdoor pool

Calgary firefighters, EMS and police respond to a potential drowning at the wading pool in Prairie Winds Park in northeast Calgary on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.

A child under the age of three is in life-threatening condition after a near-drowning at Prairie Winds Park on Thursday afternoon.

Paramedics were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. after the female toddler was found unresponsive at the outdoor pool.

Calgary police said the child was believed to be drowning before emergency crews were called to the northeast park.

Jennifer Vanning was on the opposite side of the park when she saw the scene unfold.

“I just saw commotion and I saw clearly somebody doing CPR so I ran over to help,” said Vanning, who helped administer compressions.

The child was hooked up to a defibrillator, according to Vanning.

 Jennifer Vanning said she aided in attempts to revive the child.

“She didn’t seem to have any life at all. I couldn’t feel a pulse,” she said.

“I just tried to help calm the mom and the family members and we’re just praying for her.”

The incident lasted around 15 minutes in total before EMS arrived.

The child was transported to Peter Lougheed hospital in critical, life-threatening condition, according to an EMS spokesperson.

“I have a son of my own and I’m just cradling him right now,” Vanning said.

“I just feel so bad for that mom.”

An update on the condition of the child wasn’t available before press time.

 Calgary fire, EMS and police respond to a potential drowning at the wading pool in Prairie Winds Park on Thursday.

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