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Mom says toddler’s heart stopped and she was in a coma after almost drowning

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A mother has recalled the horrific moment her two-year-old daughter was found ‘ice cold and limp’ in a pool after falling in and almost drowning in a terrifying accident that left the little girl in a coma for six days and saw her heart stop for 20 minutes.  

Alia Preston, 37, shared the traumatic story of how her husband, Nick, 41, discovered their little girl, Mia, unresponsive in a pool while they were away visiting family in San Diego, California, on March 18. 

Alia was out with her mother-in-law while her husband was in the playroom watching their four children and their cousin.

But tragedy struck when Mia managed to open the patio doors and make her way to the pool area as Nick went to answer the front door; the family had an alarm on the patio doors, but unfortunately, its battery was dead.

A mom said her two-year-old daughter’s heart was stopped for 20 minutes when they found her ‘ice cold and limp’ in a pool, leaving her in a coma for six days, after she almost drowned

Alia Preston, 37, shared the traumatic story of how her husband, Nick, 41, discovered their little girl, Mia, unresponsive in a pool while they were away in San Diego, California, on March 18

Alia Preston, 37, shared the traumatic story of how her husband, Nick, 41, discovered their little girl, Mia, unresponsive in a pool while they were away in San Diego, California, on March 18

Mia opened the patio doors and made her way to the pool area as Nick, who was watching her and her three siblings, answered the front door. The family is pictured in December

Mia opened the patio doors and made her way to the pool area as Nick, who was watching her and her three siblings, answered the front door. The family is pictured in December

The tot fell into the pool, and by the time they found her, she was face down, not breathing, in the water with 'no pulse.' She is pictured in the hospital after the incident

The tot fell into the pool, and by the time they found her, she was face down, not breathing, in the water with ‘no pulse.’ She is pictured in the hospital after the incident

The tot fell into the pool, and by the time they found her, she was face down, not breathing, in the water with ‘no pulse.’

However, thanks to the quick thinking of her dad, Nick – who gave her CPR – the toddler has since recovered, despite her heart stopping for 20 full minutes. The pool that she fell in is pictured

However, thanks to the quick thinking of her dad, Nick – who gave her CPR – the toddler has since recovered, despite her heart stopping for 20 full minutes. The pool that she fell in is pictured

However, thanks to the quick thinking of her dad, Nick – who gave her CPR – the toddler has since recovered, despite her heart stopping for 20 full minutes.

Mia is now taking swimming lessons, and the incident has urged Alia to issue a warning to fellow parents about pool safety.

‘All the kids were together and Nick was holding Wells, our seven-month-old son, when he went to answer the front door to his sister,’ she recalled.

‘When he came back he noticed Mia wasn’t in the playroom. So he started searching the house for her.

‘He looked through the patio door and spotted her, face down and not moving in the swimming pool.

‘He placed the baby on the ground in the house and jumped in to get her out and started performing CPR, and called 911.

‘He said she was ice cold and not breathing. She was limp with no pulse but he managed to get lots of water up.’

Paramedics were called immediately and arrived within seven minutes. But at first, doctors weren't sure if little Mia was going to make it. She is pictured in December

Paramedics were called immediately and arrived within seven minutes. But at first, doctors weren’t sure if little Mia was going to make it. She is pictured in December

Waiting in the hospital was 'agonizing' for Alia, who said there were 'no words to describe what she was thinking as a mom'

Waiting in the hospital was 'agonizing' for Alia, who said there were 'no words to describe what she was thinking as a mom'

Waiting in the hospital was ‘agonizing’ for Alia, who said there were ‘no words to describe what she was thinking as a mom’

Thankfully, Mia's heart began to beat again. However, due to the lengthy time that she had been unresponsive, doctors feared she may have suffered brain damage

Thankfully, Mia’s heart began to beat again. However, due to the lengthy time that she had been unresponsive, doctors feared she may have suffered brain damage

After nearly a week in a coma, Mia (pictured with her mom before the accident) woke up and amazingly didn't suffer from any brain damage, which her mom called '100 per cent a miracle'

After nearly a week in a coma, Mia (pictured with her mom before the accident) woke up and amazingly didn't suffer from any brain damage, which her mom called '100 per cent a miracle'

After nearly a week in a coma, Mia (pictured with her mom before the accident) woke up and amazingly didn’t suffer from any brain damage, which her mom called ‘100 per cent a miracle’

Paramedics were called immediately and arrived within seven minutes. But at first, doctors weren’t sure if little Mia was going to make it.

Waiting in the hospital was ‘agonizing’ for Alia, who said there were ‘no words to describe what she was thinking as a mom.’

Mia is now taking swimming lessons, and the incident has urged Alia to issue a warning to fellow parents about pool safety

Mia is now taking swimming lessons, and the incident has urged Alia to issue a warning to fellow parents about pool safety

‘At the hospital they brought me into the triage room. I knew they didn’t think she was going to make it,’ she continued.

‘There are no words to describe what I was thinking as a mom. It was beyond words. It was agonizing.

‘Nick was pale and absolutely distraught. I thought he was going to pass out. He kept saying, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” over and over.

‘Watching them working on her I felt like it wasn’t real, like it was Grey’s Anatomy or something.’

Thankfully, Mia’s heart began to beat again. However, due to the lengthy time that she had been unresponsive, doctors feared she may have suffered brain damage, and the child spent six days in a coma.

Alia said: ‘A nurse came to me and took me to her side. “Mommy’s here Mia,” I said. I sang her favorite song: Rain rain go away. And kissed her.’

Despite everything she has been through, Mia is back in the water. She is pictured during her swimming lessons

Despite everything she has been through, Mia is back in the water. She is pictured during her swimming lessons

Despite everything she has been through, Mia is back in the water. She is pictured during her swimming lessons

The mom-of-four often shares advice on her Instagram account for fellow parents, such as getting CPR training and checking the battery on pool alarms

The mom-of-four often shares advice on her Instagram account for fellow parents, such as getting CPR training and checking the battery on pool alarms

A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up to help the family with medical expenses, which currently sits at $16,279 of the $25,000 goal. Mia is pictured with her mom and siblings

A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up to help the family with medical expenses, which currently sits at $16,279 of the $25,000 goal. Mia is pictured with her mom and siblings

After nearly a week, Mia woke up and she amazingly didn’t suffer from any brain damage, which her mom called ‘100 per cent a miracle.’

‘She woke up and saw me and started to cry. To our absolute amazement she then answered our questions,’ the mom gushed.

'I'm striving to help use my platform to inspire parents to invest in swimming education pool safety and prevention of drownings. Drowning is the number one cause of death in children aged one to four in the United States. We don't have enough education until it happens,' Alia said

‘I’m striving to help use my platform to inspire parents to invest in swimming education pool safety and prevention of drownings. Drowning is the number one cause of death in children aged one to four in the United States. We don’t have enough education until it happens,’ Alia said

‘She recognized her favorite Masha Bear doll. It was a miracle. The brain surgeon almost gasped at the results. This little girl is 100 per cent a miracle.’

Doctors have praised Mia’s dad, Nick, for his CPR skills – which ultimately saved his daughter’s life. 

‘What’s so amazing is Nick remembered everything from being CPR certified at 15 years old because he happened to go with his mom on her course,’ Mia explained.

Despite everything she has been through, Mia is back in the water and has since begun taking swimming lessons.

Aside from beautiful videos of her baby girl, the mom-of-four often shares advice on her Instagram account for fellow parents, such as getting CPR training and checking the battery on pool alarms.

A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up to help the family with medical expenses, which currently sits at $16,279 of the $25,000 goal.

Alia, who has racked up 45,000 followers on social media, added: ‘This happens in the blink of an eye. Constantly just be vigilant, always and please get CPR certified. That saved Mia’s life.

‘I’m striving to help use my platform to inspire parents to invest in swimming education pool safety and prevention of drownings.

Alia's warning to other parents comes as the four-year anniversary of Morgan and Bode Miller's daughter, Emmy's tragic passing approaches. The Millers are pictured with their other kids

Alia’s warning to other parents comes as the four-year anniversary of Morgan and Bode Miller’s daughter, Emmy’s tragic passing approaches. The Millers are pictured with their other kids

Emmy (pictured) was 19 months old when she downed in a neighbor's swimming pool on June 9, 2018. Since her death, her parents have tried to raise awareness on infant drownings

Emmy (pictured) was 19 months old when she downed in a neighbor’s swimming pool on June 9, 2018. Since her death, her parents have tried to raise awareness on infant drownings

‘Drowning is the number one cause of death in children aged one to four in the United States.

‘We don’t have enough education until it happens. Mia is Currently in play therapy to help with any trauma.

‘But she’s been responding great. She shows very little to no trauma currently. I am in therapy and doing EMDR to help with the trauma from her accident. 

‘My husband is so resilient. He has handled this with faith and positivity. We are so grateful for the miracle that blessed our family. 

‘The accident has made me embrace little moments with all my kids more than ever.’

Alia’s warning to other parents comes as the four-year anniversary of Morgan and Bode Miller’s daughter, Emeline Grier Miller’s tragic passing approaches – who was 19 months old when she downed in a neighbor’s swimming pool.

Emmy was rescued from the water, but paramedics were unable to revive her, and she later died in hospital on June 9, 2018. 

Since her death, the Olympic skier and volleyball player have dedicated themselves to raising awareness on infant drownings and advocating for all moms and dads to get their own children into swimming classes as early as possible. 

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