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  18 Aug 2018


TODDLER LUCKY TO SURVIVE NEAR-DROWNING, MAN IN HOSPITAL AFTER ANGLE GRINDER ACCIDENT

A one-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after nearly drowning in a pool this afternoon.

Just after 1pm St John Ambulance paramedics were called to a home in Alice Springs.

Andrew Everingham, Regional Manager of St John Ambulance Operations - Southern Region, praised the St John Emergency Medical Dispatcher who answered the distraught family’s triple-zero call.

“Our call-taker delivered crucial life-saving information and instructions to the girl’s family while paramedics were on their way,” he said.

Mr Everingham said he visited the girl in Alice Springs Hospital this afternoon.

“She’s very lucky - but it looks like she’ll be making a full recovery.”

The near-drowning is a timely reminder for Territorians to keep their pool gates closed at all times.

Meanwhile, at around 2.45pm, paramedics in Darwin came to the aid of a man in Yarrawonga, who had sustained arterial injuries to his forearm when an angle grinder blade shattered while in use.

The 32-year-old, who lost a significant amount of blood, was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital.

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