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|'Back from dead' baby critical |
(about 5 hours later)
A baby who was pronounced dead after plunging into the River Thames is fighting for her life in hospital, after doctors found a faint heartbeat.
The baby girl, aged 10 months, fell into the river at Ferry Lane, in Goring, south Oxfordshire.
Emergency teams were quickly on the scene but said they were unable to resuscitate the girl.
However, a faint heartbeat was later found after she was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Sergeant Graham Pink, of Thames Valley Police, said: "The child was pronounced dead at the John Radcliffe Hospital - before a very faint heartbeat was discovered.
"The child remains in a critical condition.
"The initial report was that the child had died. We put a statement out saying the child was dead and we would not have done that unless we had been told she was dead."
She was unconscious and not breathing. We did not declare her dead Spokeswoman, South Central Ambulance Service
|The mother and another child, who were on the river bank, were also taken to the hospital, as a precautionary measure.||The mother and another child, who were on the river bank, were also taken to the hospital, as a precautionary measure.|
Officers who were called to the scene at 0945 BST are still at the riverside.
|The BBC understands that the child fell from a towpath and a boat was used in the rescue.||The BBC understands that the child fell from a towpath and a boat was used in the rescue.|
Sgt Pink confirmed a man in a boat was believed to have seen the baby in the water and jumped in to help.
|Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, who attended the scene, said they were made aware that one adult and two children had been pulled from the river by a passer-by.||Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, who attended the scene, said they were made aware that one adult and two children had been pulled from the river by a passer-by.|
|"The circumstances leading up to the incident are unclear," said a spokesman.||"The circumstances leading up to the incident are unclear," said a spokesman.|
Baby survives Thames River fall
A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "We were called to a report of a possible drowning, with a female and a child in the water.
"When we arrived, the toddler was out of the water. She was unconscious and not breathing. We did not declare her dead."
A John Radcliffe Hospital spokeswoman declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "A faint heartbeat was discovered as doctors tried to resuscitate her. She is now in a critical condition."