Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ted Evan ANDREWS saved from drowning (1957)

source: The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, November 21, 1957 - page 1, column 6:

Little Ted Evan Andrews, "almost-four"-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andrews of Danville, enjoyed a delayed piece of birthday cake, Sunday, at his home, after he was rushed to the Methodist Hospital for a checkup following an ill-fated exploration of a pond behind the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Faris, 8613 Paddock Road, Indianapolis.

Ted and his parents had gathered at the Faris home with 30 other relatives to celebrate a giant triple birthday dinner honoring three family members, including Ted, who will be four years old on December 15.

Only minutes after the 30 celebrants sat down to dinner, someone noticed that Ted was missing. The boy's panic-stricken mother, Doris, age 27, spotted the child floating face down in the muddy pond.

She and a cousin, Harold David Bales, age 15, waded into the water and dragged him back to land. Ted was not breathing. His body was cold and blue.

But his father, athletic director at Decatur Central High School, moved fast. He placed Ted on the ground and applied artificial respiration. Within two or three minutes Ted started breathing.

"I've had a lot of training in artificial respiration, but never thought I'd have to use it on my own boy," Ted's father said.

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