Children’s Hospital worker saves child from drowning

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Hospital worker saves child from drowning

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A Dayton Children’s Hospital worker played a part in saving a 5-year-old boy, who nearly drowned at a Kettering pool=.

Keifer Chapman, 5, was gray and lifeless when he was pulled from the water Thursday at the Crestwood Swim Club, according to hospital officials.

Christi Atkins, a Children’s patient care assistant, was at the pool on her day off with her four children when she witnessed the incident and worked with the lifeguard to start chest compressions on Keifer.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Atkins said. “I never thought that I would need to perform CPR outside of the ED at the hospital. It was a surreal moment.”

Atkins was able to get a heartbeat and the boy was taken to the emergency department for treatment.

The boy’s mother was thankful for Atkins being in the right place at the right time.

“Christi is a real hero,” Suzanne Chapman said. “She’s amazing and we are so thankful that she was there. She saved his life.”

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