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Girl rushed to hospital after collapsing in Burgess Pool

Bystanders, firefighters tried to revive girl after she slipped underwater following swim meet

A 13-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital on Friday, June 28, after collapsing in Burgess Pool following a swimming meet, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Dispatchers received a call about a possible drowning at 4:42 p.m. on Friday, Schapelhouman said in a press release. Firefighters arrived at the scene five minutes later and found the girl pulse-less and not breathing.

Eric McGlennon, a fire district captain and paramedic whose child was also involved in the swim meet, was among the bystanders who were administering CPR to the girl when firefighters arrived.

The girl had reportedly just completed a race when she seemed to collapse and sank to the bottom of the pool, Schapelhouman said. McGlennon and others who saw her slip underwater dove into the pool, brought her to the surface and began administering CPR, he said.

Fire paramedics took over CPR and also used a defibrillator to try to revive her before rushing her in an ambulance to Stanford Hospital's Trauma Center.

Schapelhouman said quick action by bystanders and fire paramedics as well as rapid transport to Stanford “have hopefully given this young girl a fighting chance for survival, time will tell.”

He said Monday morning that he was told Sunday that the girl has shown signs of improvement but he did not have any further information.

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