Nurse saves her own son with CPR

'You never think that it's gonna be your kid'

Published On: Jul 16 2013 09:49:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2013 07:20:00 AM EDT
MIAMI -

Spending time in a pool can be great summer fun, but it only takes seconds for something to go wrong. 

Ginelle Millan's boys can't wait to jump in the pool these days, but it took a long time to get to this point.

"When I turned around Jordan is floating at the top of the pool," she explained.

Jordan is the youngest of three boys and when he was 18 months old, he nearly drowned.

"You're never prepared for your child, never you never think that it's gonna be your kid," said Millan.

Millan is an emergency room nurse.  She saves lives.   And it was this mom who had to play nurse, giving her own son CPR that day.  Jordan was one of the lucky ones.

"We've had both ends.  We've had the kids who have almost drowned and the kids unfortunately have not made it," said Millan.

But Jordan did.  While he's still a little reluctant to go in the big boy pool, he's getting there.

Millan has advice for kids and parents.

"They need to know how to swim," she said. "Every parent should know CPR."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages.

The American Red Cross offers a variety of CPR classes around our area.  To find a CPR Class near you, go to www.redcross.org.