It took just seconds for toddler to fall into family pool
WATCHING Matilda Baynham splash around her backyard pool, you would never know that almost two weeks ago she almost died in that very spot.
The 14-month-old seemed unfazed and thrilled to get her feet wet, despite having been placed in an induced coma after nearly drowning in her Sarina home pool on January 22.
Her parents, Allison and Chris Baynham, couldn't be happier to have their baby girl home but are now hoping their story will serve as a stark warning to other parents and carers with backyard pools.
"We just want people to realise it is easy," Mr Baynham said.
"That pool is only one metre from the house - it's that simple."
Mrs Baynham was walking visitors down the driveway to say goodbye when one of her other children accidentally left the pool gate open and it failed to slam shut.
It took just seconds for little Matilda to wander out and fall into the pool.
Despite finding her youngest child face-down, floating in the pool, Mrs Baynham didn't panic. Trained in first aid, she pulled her unconscious baby from the water and performed CPR.
"I'm so grateful I didn't panic," she said.
Her four-year-old daughter Samantha ran into the house and brought her mother the phone so she could also call 000.
"In two rounds (of CPR) she came to... the lady on the phone with the ambulance was awesome," she said.
But the worst wasn't over. Little Matilda could still have suffered brain damage.
She was put on life support then flown to Townsville for further treatment.
Thankfully, this beautiful little girl beat the odds. But the Baynhams aren't taking it for granted and have enrolled her in classes at the Pat Wright Swim School.
Mrs Baynham wants people to know that a tragedy like this could happen to anyone.
They also wanted to express their thanks to the staff at Mackay Base Hospital and Townsville Hospital, who helped save Matilda's life.
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