August 20, 2014

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Paramedic saves boy from drowning

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Trish Dougan said 2-year-old Brayden Goodson was clinically dead when she pulled him out of a backyard pool at 5334 Manning Circle around 2:55 p.m. Thursday.

Trish Dougan, 33, performed CPR on a 2-year-old North Ridgeville boy who nearly drowned in a pool on Manning Circle in North Ridgeville. (CT photo by Evan Goodenow.)

Trish Dougan, 33, performed CPR on a 2-year-old North Ridgeville boy who nearly drowned in a pool on Manning Circle in North Ridgeville. (CT photo by Evan Goodenow.)

Dougan, a paramedic since 1999, said Brayden had no pulse, wasn’t breathing and his lips were blue. Dougan said she had been baby sitting Brayden for his mother, Faith Goodson, who was running errands.

Dougan said she was in the approximately 15-foot-by-15-foot above-ground pool with her back turned to Brayden as she talked to a friend whose 5-year-old son was also in the pool. Dougan’s 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son were standing just outside the pool.

Dougan said as she got out of the pool, Brayden, who was wearing an inflatable Spider-Man inner tube, was lying face first in the pool and not moving. Dougan estimated Brayden had been that way for about two minutes and didn’t realize he had been in danger.

“I’ll never live with myself,” she said.

Dougan said she placed Brayden on the wooden deck beside the pool and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.

“I didn’t know if I could bring him back, but, obviously, I’m going to do what I can for a child, let alone my best friend’s child,” Dougan said. “I love him and I’m responsible for him.”

Dougan said she performed CPR for six to eight minutes. She performed 30 chest compressions followed by two breaths, which is standard for children between 1 and 8 years old, according to the American Heart Association. “Time stood still,” she said.

Brayden didn’t initially respond to the chest compressions and breaths but then began to spit up water. Dougan said she rolled Brayden on his left side and he began labored breathing with one breath about every 20 seconds.

Dougan said she did more compressions and Brayden coughed up more water and began to breathe more regularly. Brayden was listed in stable condition at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland on Thursday night.

Firefighters arrived at the home at 3:03 p.m. Thursday, according to fire Capt. Paul Sadowski. He said firefighters might have been too late to save Brayden if Dougan hadn’t performed CPR. If CPR is performed immediately, children have a good chance of survival.

“Their lungs are healthy. Their heart’s healthy,” Sadowski said. “As soon as that airway clears and they get oxygen in, then their little bodies kick right in.”

A shaken Dougan said she realizes how precious life is. Dougan, a 33-year-old mother of six, said her 2-year-old daughter suffers from metabolic mitochondrial disease — an incurable cell disease — and the disease killed three of her children. Dougan, of Avon, works in the pediatric emergency room at University Hospitals in Cleveland and said she realized how close Brayden came to dying.

“It really hits you, but I had to stay calm because nothing is going to help him if I flipped out,” she said. “I didn’t think he was coming back.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

  • Sheri Holt

    I am so thankful for having such a good friend as Trish, she has made my life complete by using her knowledge ,Many thanks to her for saving my grandson.. Sheri Holt

  • Sheri Holt

    I’m Makayla, Brayden”s big sister , I”m 7…Thank you Trish for saving my little brother.. He is my world.
    .Makayla Goodson

  • Spec440

    I’m so glad the child is OK but I don’t get it. How are you in the pool with the baby and don’t notice that he’s on the bottom of the pool for two minutes?

    • SweetScarlet

      Well, he wasn’t laying at the bottom of the pool–the article says, “Brayden, who was wearing an inflatable Spider-Man inner tube, was lying face first in the pool and not moving.” My guess is he wanted to look at the water and flopped down, face first, and then didn’t have the strength to pull himself back up.

      • Spec440

        Laying face first leads one to believe he is at the bottom. Floating face first leads one to believe he is on the top. Either way, semantics. My question stands….how does a two year “float” face down for two minutes when you are IN the pool within 15 feet of him?

  • Kim Thomas

    Thats so scary! Hope Trish learned her lesson about turning her back on a child in water. It only takes a second and a few inches of water to create a tragedy. Thank God she didnt give up on the CPR or it would have been a very sad story & not something as heroic as it sounds.

    • Mark

      I’m sure she has, but as she mentioned, she was talking to another child. I hope you and others have learned a lesson that is can and does happen that simply and quickly. That said, do you know what the attention span of a guard watching a tv monitor is? Less than 20 minutes. After that a crime can occur as they watch and they won’t see it… they are “zoned”. Tell me you have zoned out watching your kids in a pool… and be aware, the lfieguard is zoning out too. The human mind gets bored easily.

      • Sarah

        It actually mentions that she was talking to a friend whose five year old was in the pool also. Similar situation just happened to child in our pool last week but someone was right within arms length to pull the child up. Kind of scary that a life preserver can actually be harmful.

  • KZ14

    Wow what a story the important thing here is the child was saved