Another child comes close to drowning comes nearly


Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
By ASHLEY ROWLAND Sun staff writer A toddler nearly drowned while swimming at his grandparents' pool Sunday afternoon but was rescued by his 8-year-old sister.
It was the second near-drowning of a child in Alachua County in two days.
Amanda Pernini and a cousin were swimming in the Spring Forest subdivision in northwest Gainesville around 2:40 p.m. when they heard a strange noise coming from the shallow end of the pool, Alachua County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Troiano said.
Amanda spotted her 2-year-old brother, Richard, underwater and began to drag him out of the pool. The children's mother spotted them from inside the house and called for help, and several adults attended to the boy, Troiano said.
Richard was blue and not responsive, but adults at the pool were able to resuscitate him without performing CPR.
Troiano said he had been underwater for several minutes. "His sister is a real hero today. Instinctively, she did the right thing," he said.
Richard was taken to Shands at UF, where he remained in the intermediate care unit Sunday night. Family members said he was expected to be released today.
Richard is the second child in Alachua County to almost drown in two days.
Matthew Moulden, 7, of Virginia was given CPR after nearly drowning in his uncle's swimming pool in Gainesville on Saturday. He remained in the intensive care unit at Shands at UF on Sunday night and was expected to be released at mid-week, his uncle, Jim Brunson, said.
Brunson said Matthew was breathing on his own Sunday, but had slight swelling of the brain and a mild case of pneumonia. Matthew was able to look around, talk and hold his family members' hands, he said.
"He's wanting me to give him some money so he can buy some toys," he said.

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