Baby Improving After Near-Drowning Incident In Limestone County


Paramedics flew a baby to Huntsville Hospital after a near-drowning in a home near Elkmont on Wednesday. (Photo by Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An 8-month-old boy is improving after a scary ordeal in Limestone County on Wednesday.

Kaden McCluskey is now listed in good condition, in Huntsville Hospital's Pediatric ICU.  He was flown there yesterday after he nearly drowned in his family's home near Elkmont.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said the incident happened on Thatch Road around 12 p.m. Blakely says the child’s mother was giving the infant a bath, along with a 2-year-old child.  The mother went to check the oven and came back to find the infant face-down in the water.

The mother, Brittany McCluskey, tried to revive her son but was unsuccessful.  She ran outside of the home with the baby to scream for help.

Two women, one a nurse from Huntsville Hospital, happened to be driving by, and saw the two.  They pulled over and performed CPR on the baby.  They also called 911.

Paramedics flew the boy to Huntsville Hospital for further treatment.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office responded, along with the Oak Grove/Thatch, Elkmont and Ardmore Volunteer Fire Departments.

Sheriff Blakely says the infant was already turning blue when his mother pulled him from the bath water. He credits the good Samaritan efforts of the two women who stopped to help, as well as the rapid response from the volunteer fire departments, with saving the child's life.

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