Mom helps rescue drowning woman, urges CPR classes: ‘It may’ve been my baby’


A nurse, surf lifesaver and mom who helped save the lifetime of a lady who almost drowned is urging everybody to study CPR.

Northlander Odette Rowan is sharing her story for Monday’s World Drowning Prevention Day, within the hope extra folks shall be ready and prepared to assist save a life.

A mean of 77 Kiwis drown every year and there have been 49 preventable drownings up to now in 2022, Water Security New Zealand stated.

Rowan believes a 5-year-old woman, who was discovered immobile on the backside of a pool, may have died if CPR had not been administered immediately.

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The incident occurred at a resort-style pool in Taupō in April 2021.

Odette Rowan – a Mangawhai nurse, surf-lifesaver and mother – encourages everyone to learn basic life-saving skills.


Odette Rowan – a Mangawhai nurse, surf-lifesaver and mom – encourages everybody to study primary life-saving abilities.

Rowan is a Whangārei Hospital ED nurse and Mangwhai Heads Surf Life Saving member.

Nevertheless, she stated she was “just a few random particular person at a swimming pool who knew CPR” and urged others to study the method.

“I used to be stress-free within the spa space with my children after I heard screaming. I rotated and noticed a person carrying a floppy, blue baby from the water.

“A girl was mounted to the spot, screaming. The kid appeared useless.”

Odette Rowan is urging others to learn CPR after a terrifying incident at a Taupō pool. (File photo)


Odette Rowan is urging others to study CPR after a terrifying incident at a Taupō pool. (File photograph)

Rowan stated she instructed her youngsters to remain the place they had been, yelled at a pair to name 111 and assessed the woman, solely to seek out she wasn’t respiration.

“I began chest compressions. I may have been urgent on my daughter’s chest. They had been the identical measurement. They’d the identical blonde curls. This might not be occurring.”

The person, who turned out to be the woman’s dad, helped by giving the kid two breaths on Rowan’s instruction.

“He gave the breaths and I continued on compressions. Two extra breaths. Then she coughed, vomited and cried,” she stated.

Children generally love the water but it can be deadly, with six children aged 14 and under drowning so far in 2022, according to Water Safety NZ figures. (File photo)


Youngsters usually love the water however it may be lethal, with six youngsters aged 14 and beneath drowning up to now in 2022, based on Water Security NZ figures. (File photograph)

“Reduction washed over me at that cry … As I helped get the little woman’s swimsuit off to get her heat – it was a freezing Taupō morning – the fact of the scenario began sinking in.”

The woman was taken to hospital and made a full restoration, however Rowan was shaken with the fact she may have died.

She has since been in contact with the woman’s dad and mom, who stated every thought the opposite mum or dad was watching the 5-year-old.

The woman was discovered by her 7-year-old brother on the underside of the pool and he heroically pulled her up, she stated.

The scenario may have been completely different if Rowan and the woman’s father didn’t know CPR.

“Use this winter to both study or refresh primary life assist,” she urged.

“You is likely to be the random one that helps to save lots of a life.”



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