3-year-old’s heart fails after falling from slide

Posted at 3:30 PM, May 02, 2013

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- A 3-year-old girl went into full cardiac arrest Thursday afternoon after falling from a slide.

It happened around 3:10 p.m. at 3049 South and 4215 West in West Valley City.

West Valley City Fire Marshal Bob Fitzgerald says the girl was playing in her back yard with her family dog when she fell off the slide, which is about four or five feet tall. It's unknown what led to the fall or how the girl fell, though the dog may have pushed the girl off the slide.

"Initial information I have is that she fell off a slide and at some point lost consciousness fairly quickly after falling off," Fitzgerald said. "Whether there was horseplay with the dog that caused her to lose her balance, we don't know."

Neighbors tell FOX 13 that they heard the girl's mom calling for help and went to assist, saying the girl was unresponsive. She went into full cardiac arrest.

"We see the mom over there on the ground patting on her daughter's chest, so we ran over there and she was unresponsive and her eyes were rolling back and stuff was coming out of her mouth," said neighbor Rhandi Reynolds. "She didn't look like she was hurt or anything. It just looked like she was lifeless."

Fitzgerald says the girl was taken by ambulance to Pioneer Valley Hospital, where they rendezvoused with a medical helicopter for transport to Primary Children's Medical Center.

Fitzgerald says the girl is in critical condition. He says the girl doesn't appear to have any previous medical condition that would have led to cardiac arrest.