Teen rescues 2-year-old toddler who nearly drowned, by chest compressions

Savennah Mendes-Rodrigues, 19, performed chest compressions on the 2-year-old until first responders arrived.

A teenage girl rescued a toddler who was about to drown in a swimming pool in a Boston suburb on Monday.

Before taking action, Savennah Mendes-Rodrigues, 19, told Boston 25 News that she was studying for her dental school admissions test.

“And then out of nowhere we hear screaming and ‘oh call the ambulance, call the ambulance’ and then I come out to the kitchen and there’s a little kid on the floor,” she said. 

The 2-year-old had fallen into the pool in Abington, Massachusetts, was dragged out by family, and was barely breathing when he was brought inside.

“I was really calm actually, I started chest compressions while everyone was panicking in the background,” Mendes-Rodrigues said.

Stock photo of CPR First Aid Training with a CPR dummy in the class. (iStock)

The CPR-certified teen recalls counting compressions to the beat of the 1970s disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.”

She told a Boston Fox affiliate that she continued compressions on the toddler until first responders arrived, at which point the child was breathing again.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they took over treatment. According to a deputy fire chief, the child was taken to the hospital. According to WCVB-TV, he is expected to recover.

“When I was training for CPR everyone was like ‘I’m never going to use this, this is pointless,’ until you’re actually in the situation, and then it’s like woah, it looks like this is actually pretty useful,” she said.

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