Menlo Park: Officials 'cautiously optimistic' about girl who nearly drowned in Burgess Pool


A 13-year-old girl who was rushed to the hospital after collapsing in Burgess Pool following a swimming meet on June 28 seemed to be slowly improving Wednesday morning (July 3), according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

"She's not out of the woods yet, but we're cautiously optimistic," he said.

Dispatchers received a call about a possible drowning at 4:42 p.m. last Friday, according to a district press release. Firefighters arrived at the scene five minutes later and found the girl without a pulse 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 sink 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 district 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."

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Posted by Jessica Black
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 6, 2019 at 9:49 am

The person involved suffered a heart attack after finishing her race. Not common for athletes that age but not unheard of either. She was pulled out of the water within seconds of going under water.

God speed and best wishes for a complete recovery.!

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