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Near drowning victim upgraded to fair condition

Shelby Patrick, 9 (Courtesy: Patrick family) Shelby Patrick, 9 (Courtesy: Patrick family)

A nine-year-old girl who nearly drowned continues to make progress in her recovery.

Shelby Patrick was taken off a ventilator last week, and is now breathing on her own. They say Shelby still requires oxygen therapy, but on Monday, one week after she was found unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool, she her condition was upgraded from critical to fair.

It happened on June 2, while Shelby was at a pool party at East Ridge Country Club. Her parents say she could not swim, and during the party she somehow ended up at the bottom of the pool.

"Shelby's friend told her dad who jumped in and pulled her to safety," says Shelby's aunt Lolita Rogers.

An off duty nurse performed CPR until the fire department arrived just two minutes after the 911 call was made. First responders say those few minutes of CPR will likely make a big difference in her recovery.

"The importance of CPR initiation from the onset is critical because it cuts that window of time down that the brain desperately needs that oxygen," says Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford.

Shelby is still in critical condition at Willis Knighton South PICU, but the family is hopeful.

"The power of prayer is very strong, and God has shown us that prayer does indeed work, and that he still performs miracles," says Rogers.

First responders still aren't sure how long she was under water.

The fire department encourages anyone who will be around the water this summer to learn CPR, and to always keep an eye on children to prevent accidents like Shelby's.

The family is not sure still what kind of short and long term care Shelby will need. They have set up a donation account to help pay for her care. If you would like to donate, you can contact Progressive Bank at 318-213-5725.

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