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Porter, LPGA Golfer, Helps Revive Drowning Boy, 3

March 18, 1988|United Press International

PHOENIX — Professional golfer Mary Bea Porter interrupted a round of golf to help save a 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a swimming pool adjacent to the golf course.

Porter, who lives in nearby Scottsdale, was playing the 13th hole at the Moon Valley Country Club Wednesday when she spotted the child, Jonathon Smucker, lying in the water face down. The boy's father, Christian, of Ronks, Pa., jumped into the pool and pulled him out.

Porter, who has no experience in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, was helped over a 6-foot-high fence by her caddy.

"The father was standing there with the baby, and he handed him to me," Porter said.

Porter, who said the child did not have any heartbeat when she took him, threw the boy to the ground, reached in and cleaned out his mouth.

After several unsuccessful attempts to revive the boy, Porter hit the child in the chest.

"Finally, I could see his lungs inflate," she said. "He bit my finger, and his sisters began yelling that he was moving."

Porter continued to administer CPR and after four more attempts, the boy started to breathe again. When paramedics arrived, the boy was up and crying. He was admitted to a hospital for observation.

Porter continued her round and shot a 76, failing to qualify for next week's LPGA tournament.

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