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Las Vegas mother shares child's near-drowning ordeal

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Another 2-year-old girl was sent to the hospital Tuesday after she nearly drowned in a backyard swimming pool. It's the second near-drowning involving a toddler in 10 days in Las Vegas.

"It pulls my heart out because I've been where these families are and it's 100 percent preventable," said Cierra Sonetti, whose son nearly drowned. "It's a hard time."

Sonetti knows all too well the horrors of a near-drowning. Her 17-month-old son Austin accidentally slipped into a pool back in 2005. Now 8 years old, Austin relies on a feeding tube and around the clock nursing care.

"It's heart-wrenching," said Sonetti. "The thing that's heart wrenching about it is that it's so preventable."

Sonetti's family isn't the only one affected by drowning. This week, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said a 2-year-old girl nearly drowned in a backyard swimming pool at a relative's home on Black Forest Drive Tuesday. They said she opened a sliding glass door.

Relatives found her unresponsive in the pool. Paramedics don't know how long she was there for and had to give her advanced life support on her way to University Medical Center.  

"This is one of the leading causes of accidental death for children under the age of 8 in southern Nevada," said Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

A similar incident happened less than two weeks ago. Another 2-year-old almost drowned in an above ground pool around the Fourth of July. Szymanski said tragedies like these are preventable if you have an adult present, put up barriers around the pool and learn CPR. It's advice Sonetti wishes she and other families knew ahead of time.

"You just always need to be one step ahead of the game and keep your loved ones protected from anything you can," said Sonetti.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue also recommend children wear floatation devices in or near water. They also urge parents to keep toys outside of the pool so children won't be enticed to go in.

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