September 25, 2012
A 2-year-old Black Forest boy found face down in a duck pond Saturday showed signs of improvement but remained in critical condition Tuesday.
The boy was taken to Memorial Hospital by helicopter after his mother, Dorit White, found him floating in the pond on the family’s 5-acre property on Teak Place in northeast El Paso County.
According to White, she and her son Connor Kuczborski were doing yard work when she noticed the boy was no longer in sight.
“He wandered off and went in the duck run,” White said, explaining that she and her family have ducks, geese, goats and horses on their land. “I went around the property a few times and couldn’t find him. It seemed like a very long time.”
After checking with neighbors and continuing the search in a barn and around the family greenhouse, the woman said she finally found her son floating in the pond in the fenced-in duck run and “fished him out.”
White said the boy was blue and wasn’t breathing. She immediately gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and tried to “push water out of him” as the boy vomited.
“I was pretty hysterical, but I had to do something,” she said. “I wasn’t just going to let him lay there. I hope it did some good.”
White called 911 just before 11 a.m., and members of the Falcon Fire Department arrived at 11:06 a.m., said Jeff Petersma, a battalion chief with the department.
A short time later, Connor was taken to Memorial, where he has been unconscious and on a ventilator since Saturday, White said. Marion Rhodes, a family friend, said Connor was “put into an artificial coma.”
A hospital spokeswoman said Connor was still in critical condition Tuesday morning. White said the boy’s condition had improved since Saturday. Doctors told White that Connor’s heart, kidneys and other bodily functions seemed to be working fine. He was also responding to reflex tests, White said.
Matt Kuczborski, Connor’s father, was Jeeping in Park County with the couple’s teenage daughter, 4-year-old son and an exchange student who lives with them when the boy was found in the pond, White said.
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