Family raising money to help cover treatments for toddler who nearly drowned

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“She jumped in, I jumped in, she grabbed him and I grabbed him out of her arms, set him on the back porch and I was cleaning out his mouth,” Juan said.

Juan said he performed CPR until emergency crews arrived. News reports show Odessa police and Odessa Fire Rescue responded to the 3100 block of North Adams Avenue at about 5:25 p.m. Sunday in reference to a drowning.

Josiah was transported to the emergency room at Medical Center Hospital with life-threatening injuries and then flown to a Lubbock hospital where he remained for several weeks in critical condition. Josiah is now staying at a children’s hospital in Fort Worth with his mother by his side.

Juan said Josiah has suffered brain damage and an oxygen treatment from a doctor in New Orleans that could help reverse the effects is something their insurance will not cover. The parents heard of a three-year-old girl who was also involved in a similar incident and didn’t breathe for several hours. With the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, Juan said the girl is now starting to walk and talk and is helping her get back to normal.

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