4-year-old revived by parents after being found at bottom of Apache Junction pool - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

4-year-old revived by parents after being found at bottom of Apache Junction pool

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 7:52 am

A 4-year-old boy found unconscious at the bottom of a pool was revived by his parents when they performed CPR.

Owen Miller wasn’t unsupervised when he went under water either, several adults and other children were in the pool.

Owen’s mother, Amy, was sitting by the pool and his father, Thomas, was actually in the pool with the other children.

Both parents thought Owen was still inside the house using the bathroom, and no one noticed with he came back outside and slipped under water.

Owen later told his parents that his inflatable arm floats slipped off and he quietly sank.

“You think that they’re going to thrash and make noise,” said Amy. “There was absolutely no noise. We heard absolutely nothing."

The Millers are sharing their cautionary tale of what happened to them on August 19, hoping that it reminds parents to always watch young children at the pool and to learn the basic steps of CPR.

The parents have also placed Owen in Apache Junction’s “Swim to Survive” program which focuses on four steps:

1. Remain calm and comfortable in the water

2. Learn to float

3. Learn to dog paddle or any swimming stroke

4. Get to the side and hang on until help arrives or self-extricate from the pool

The Millers told ABC15 they’ll never forget that moment when they almost lost their son.

“He was just lying on the bottom of the pool, face up,” Amy said. “I screamed."

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