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Toddler recovering after near-drowning

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

It was supposed to be a day of fun. Josh and Paula Hopping and their five kids were visiting family at an apartment complex in Lincoln.

But the day took a scary turn when the family from Hardington, Nebraska was getting ready to leave.

"Kids move so quick. We were packing up, ready to go, took the arm wings off and turned around and he was floating upside down in the pool," Josh Hopping said.

Paula jumped into the pool to grab 3-year-old Ty. He was turning blue and not breathing.

"You know, you never think that'll happen to you," Paula, Ty’s mom, said.

An off-duty nurse who was there at the time ran over and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

"She's our personal hero," Paula said.

At the hospital, Ty’s pupils were dilated and not reacting, signs that his brain was swelling.

Doctors at Bryan West put Ty in ice and brought his core temperature down to 89 degrees. It’s called Therapeutic Hypothermia and prevents the brain from swelling.

"You touched him, he was cold as can be," Josh, Ty’s dad, said.

Dr. Reginald Burton, Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Bryan Health, said they had to temporarily paralyze Ty so he wouldn’t shiver and raise his body temperature.

"As caretakers, it pulls at our heartstrings too and we're looking at new ways to save brain cells to increase the outcome so that's why we do those techniques to try to save them," Burton said.

And they did save him.

Ty’s parents say they knew he would be okay Tuesday night when he started opening his eyes.

"He had the tubes still down his throat and he tried to reach up and you could see he was trying to say mom," Josh said.

And today, Ty is walking around, playing games, and slowly getting back to his playful self.

His parents say he’s ready to get back home.

They say the woman who performed CPR visited Ty in the hospital Thursday. They told her there’s nothing the can ever do to repay her.

Ty could go home as early as Saturday.

 

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