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Girl nearly drowns

July 23, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

A 2-year-old girl who was resuscitated after a near-drowning incident Monday afternoon at a home in the 9700 block of Sharpsburg Pike was flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital in Baltimore.

Ashley Godlove's condition Monday night was fair, a spokesman at the hospital said.

Ashley, who turned 2 in May, was apparently in a backyard pool when the incident occurred, said paramedic Brent Bankson, who responded to the 2:42 p.m. call on a Halfway Fire Co. ambulance.

"When we got there, a Maryland State Police trooper had the child on her side," Bankson said. Before long, she was conscious, crying and vomiting, Bankson said.

It wasn't known how long she was in the water or how the incident occurred.

The child was transported to the nearby Maryland State Police barrack, where she was met by a medevac helicopter that flew her to Baltimore. Bankson said the child's mother went along in the helicopter.

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"We encourage door alerts for people with children that age so you always know if they get outside," Bankson said.

He added that toddlers are especially vulnerable around water.

"A toddler can drown in a bucket of water because with their center of gravity, they just topple over," Bankson said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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