Child nearly drowns in bathtub

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A 1-year-old girl was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center this evening after what medical responders termed a near-drowning.
Kyla Weaver’s parents, Paul David (“P.D.”) and Eileen Weaver, called 911 after finding her in the bathtub at their Woodleaf home. Initial emergency communications said Kyla had been missing for around 10 minutes, but according to family friend Bertha Sommers, the child had been in the empty tub and apparently turned on the water herself.
Sommers, who is a licensed professional nurse, said she and others performed CPR on Kyla for five minutes to revive her before medical responders arrived. Kyla had a lot of water in her lungs and was unresponsive, Sommers said, but the girl soon gasped, coughed and started breathing on her own.
Rowan County Sheriff’s Office detectives were at the home and at Rowan Regional Medical Center, where medical responders initially took Kyla. She was reported to be crying there before she was transported to Wake Forest Baptist.