Canyon County

Caldwell-area child remains in serious condition four days after near-drowning

A 3-year-old boy found face down in a pond near his home Friday evening remains in serious condition at a Boise hospital Tuesday, and investigators credit the life-saving efforts of the boy's father and Canyon County dispatchers.

The boy and his younger brother were playing with a goat in the 1700 block of Locust Lane while their father was helping two workers set up a ramp to unload feed for the animals on the property, the Canyon County Sheriff's Office reports.

Sometime in the next 10 to 15 minutes, the 3-year-old wandered away and fell into a pond about 150 feet from where he had been playing with his brother, CCSO reports.

The child was unconscious and not breathing when his father pulled him from the pond. Dispatch personnel gave life-saving/CPR instructions over the phone to the boy’s father while he waited for paramedics to arrive, the sheriff's office reports.

"The father’s actions during these critical moments gave the boy a fighting chance at survival, and by the time paramedics arrived, they were able to detect a faint pulse," according to a CCSO news release. The child, who was initially reported as a 4-year-old, was taken by air ambulance to a Boise hospital.

The Canyon County Dispatch Center used the software program Priority Dispatch Pro QA to help dispatchers quickly determine the appropriate response and help instruct the father on how to perform appropriate CPR measures until paramedics arrived.

KIVI-TV talked to Douglas Ward, the dispatcher who walked the boy’s father through CPR over the phone. You can watch that interview here: