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July 15, 2011

Medics, mother revive Calif. toddler

By Greg Welter
Chico Enterprise-Record

BAYLISS, Calif. — Hopes for his survival are high after a 17-month-old boy who spent up to 10 minutes in a Glenn County irrigation canal was pulled from the water and revived Wednesday afternoon.

His mother found him and began CPR immediately. A 9-1-1 call brought several other emergency medical responders, who continued life-saving efforts for nearly an hour.

Glenn County Sheriff's officials didn't release the toddler's name Wednesday, but said he is the son of Kara and Kaleb Unruh, who live on County Road V.

Kara Unruh told officials the child had been missing up to 10 minutes when she found him floating face down in the water, which officials said is eight to 10 feet deep, with a slight current.

He had apparently wandered out a back door and headed straight for the water.

The canal is on V, just south of County Road 39.

The Enloe Medical Center FlightCare helicopter arrived shortly before 4 p.m. and crew members spent nearly 30 minutes on the ground helping medics from Willows and Bayliss restore a faint heartbeat and intermittent breathing.

The helicopter took off at 4:24 p.m. for Enloe, but Sheriff's Sgt. Todd James said the boy would likely be transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento if he could be stabilized.

His condition Wednesday night wasn't available.

James said emergency medical personnel at the scene, and the boys mother, worked together to pull off a miracle.

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