A small boy celebrating his first birthday in a pond in southeastern China took a tragic turn after a choking incident left him struggling for his life in the hospital.
The girl, nicknamed Xiaoai, had been playing in a children's pool at a leisure center in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, while her mother was receiving text messages on her phone.
Xiaoai had accidentally left her floating ring and was fighting underwater for more than 90 seconds before being discovered by her horrified mother.
A one-year-old girl (surrounded by a circle) in the city of Fuzhou, in southeastern China, was submerged in the pool while her mother, who had no idea, was seen sending text messages on her phone with the group of babies.
The mother (in a circle), identified as Ms. Wu, said that they turned their backs on her for a minute or two
She had been taken to the hospital and remained in intensive care.
The surveillance images of the incident that stopped the heart on July 31 show the girl playing in the pool around 5 p.m. before turning to the side and sinking your head under the water.
However, her mother, later identified as Ms. Wu, did not notice her daughter struggling despite being right next to the 10-square-meter (107-square-foot) pool.
Later, the woman said she turned her back on her son for a minute or two to answer some text messages from her friend, according to Haixia Metro.
The clip also showed that another child in the pool noticed the girl who was drowning and tried to get the mother's attention, but the clueless woman dismissed him.
Xiaoai was completely submerged for almost a minute and a half, shaking her legs weakly under the water, before the mother noticed her and ran out of the water
The girl remained in intensive care at the Provincial Hospital of Fujian, according to the Haixia Metro.
At the same time, the center's staff members had been called out of the group to receive a product delivery.
The clip also showed that another child in the pool noticed the girl who was drowning and tried to get the mother's attention, but the clueless woman gestured for him to leave.
Xiaoai was completely submerged for almost a minute and a half, shaking her legs weakly under the water, before the mother noticed her.
Ms. Wu rushed to get her daughter out of the water and tried cardiopulmonary resuscitation before leaving the place.
When he finally arrived at the Fujian Provincial Hospital 20 minutes later, Xiaoai had no heartbeat and was not breathing and his face had turned purple, according to the report quoting Dr. Lin Shuqin.
Earlier this week, a three-year-old boy in Hebei Province, northwest China, nearly drowned in similar circumstances after fighting underwater for at least two minutes.
After almost 20 minutes of emergency rescue, the doctors were able to restart the child's heart and transported him to the intensive care unit.
The report indicated that he has not yet regained consciousness and remained in critical condition.
The crèche of the group of babies has offered to cover part of the girl's medical expenses.
Earlier this week, a three-year-old boy in Hebei Province, northwest China, almost drowned in similar circumstances after struggling underwater for at least two minutes.