WEST YARMOUTH (CBS) – An off-duty nurse saved an 8-year-old girl who nearly drowned in a pool at a West Yarmouth motel on Sunday.

The girl from Ashland was not breathing and had no pulse when she was pulled from the bottom of the pool at the Town and Country Motor Lodge on Route 28 around 10 a.m.

Cardiac nurse Keri Kiefer of Worcester, who stopped by the motel to ask for directions, stepped into action.

“She was completely lifeless. Her eyes were open. They were glazed,” said Keifer.

“There was no pulse. There was no movement.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

Kiefer estimated she gave the girl 25-30 chest compressions, and after the third round of CPR, the girl started blinking and had a pulse.

“It was very scary to see a girl laid out like that,” said Cory Benoit, Kiefer’s boyfriend.

“There was absolutely no life. I mean, it was almost like she flipped a switch.”

The girl was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition.

Police say a review of the scene found the pool water to be “crystal clear” and all fencing and gates to be in “perfect working conditions.”


Comments (3)
  1. Kathy says:

    “The fire chief credited a special training program the town implemented, which allowed public safety personnel to work with the hotel industry for a faster response time to emergencies.”

    What???? I believe the point of the story was the fact that an off-duty nurse (presumably not in any way affiliated with the hotel or Town) was responsible for saving this girl’s life.

    In the end, the most important thing is that this girl was saved. However, credit needs to be directed to the one who helped to save her.

  2. RHK says:

    The article should have mentioned that it was the girl’s mother who had been diligently watching her daughter, that saw there was a problem , and pulled the girl from the water, then started CPR with the help of another man…then the nurse showed up…which thank God she did, not to take that credit away from her, but, the diligence of the watchful mother should have been noted.

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