If not for local heroine Donna Bosworth, the life of a 22-month-old boy could have been lost.

If not for local heroine Donna Bosworth, the life of a 22-month-old boy could have been lost.

The boy, Braydon Spencer, fell into his grandfather's pool and lay lifeless under the solar cover for nearly five minutes until he was discovered by his mother and grandmother, they said.

Bosworth, eating dinner at the time, heard the screams from her kitchen and immediately put her 25 years of nursing experience to use.

She used CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to save the boy's life.

"I remember he started breathing," said Braydon's mother Necole Spencer. "I just grabbed her and kissed her and said 'I love you.'"

Braydon was taken to the hospital and after a few hours, it was determined that he had suffered no permanent damage, Spencer said.

Bosworth, who works in the mother-infant unit at Mount Carmel West, said she's used CPR before, but never on a child and never without hospital equipment nearby.

"It's a different kind of thing when it happens out in the community," she said.

The approximately two and a half minutes it took Bosworth to resuscitate Braydon felt like a lifetime, she said.

"Time goes very slowly," she added. "But apparently it was quick enough."

To honor her heroic deed, Mayor Mike Ebert had scheduled a public event to proclaim his and the family's gratitude to Bosworth last week. Bosworth, however, was out of town.

The event was cancelled and the village spokeswoman, Carrie Hoover, was unable to say Monday if it will be rescheduled.

Nonetheless, a public display of gratitude is not necessary, Bosworth said.

"CPR's important," Bosworth merely said. "Everybody should learn it."

She added that lives are saved everyday by little actions taken frequently, like donating blood, buckling the safety belt and using car seats for children.

Since the accident May 23, Braydon's grandfather and grandmother have installed a new gate and pool alarm to prevent such things from happening again, they said.

Village ordinance 1181.01 requires that swimming pools be "enclosed by a structure with a minimum height of four feet to prevent uncontrolled access from the street and from adjacent properties."

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