Local family makes changes around pool after drowning scare last year

The pool at a south side apartment complex where a woman saved a pregnant woman and her 3-year-old son from drowning. (WTHR/Mary Milz)
Summer trauma season
Summer trauma season
Girl rescued from nearly drowning

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Last summer, a woman in Avon saved her granddaughter's life after she fell into a swimming pool. To this day, that day is a vivid memory.

The kids were getting out of their bathing suits when dinner time rolled around. Tamera Hyten was inside her house preparing food while her husband was out by the pool grilling. Her oldest son yelled out asking if anyone had seen his daughter, Hazel. Everyone started looking for her, and then they saw her — struggling in the pool.

"All he said was, 'Oh My God Hazel,' and I knew from the direction he was looking and the tone of his voice," Hyten said. "I was on his heels out the door. I'm kneeling on the side of the pool, and he's handing her to me. She was gray, pulseless and not breathing."

Hyten's instincts kicked in. She's a registered nurse and has been at Riley Hospital for Children for 20 years. She yelled for someone to call 911, and she started performing CPR. She did two rounds, and Hazel took a breath. Paramedics arrived and took Hazel to Riley. Hazel got to go home the next morning.

"All I can say is the outcome was good, and we were very fortunate," Hyten said. "We're very blessed. But to this day, I still can't wrap my head around how this happened. We were all there. My dad was outside by the pool."

Hyten said they've been trying to put the pieces together and still don't have answers to a lot of their questions.

"At what point did she get out?" she asked "How did she get out? It's so quick and it's so quiet."

She knows it can happen to anyone, and it can happen when people are feet away. Hyten said she makes her grandchildren wear life jackets now when she's outside if they're around the pool. She also puts the cover on the pool as soon as they're done swimming, and she makes sure someone is a designated watcher so there are eyes on the pool at all times. She wants everyone to learn CPR as well because she believes that saved her granddaughter's life.

Not everyone else is so lucky. At Riley, they call summertime "trauma season."

School's out. The weather's warmer. More kids are playing outside. It sounds wonderful, but this also means more kids end up in the hospital during the summer months.

Tiffany Egan-Rojas is the injury prevention coordinator at Riley. She said, "In a perfect world, the kids are not getting injured. They're not having to come to Riley Hospital, and we don't see any deaths from injuries because these are preventable deaths.

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