Colorado Man Saves Drowning 3-Year-Old's Life

| by Jonathan Constante

A Colorado man was in the right place at the right time when he saved a 3-year-old girl from drowning.

Angelo Mondragon, 32, was visiting family and friends at Windsor Lake Sunday afternoon, the Coloradoan reported. He was walking around in waist-deep water when suddenly, he felt something soft touch his leg.

"It felt like something you normally wouldn't feel in the water," Mondragon told the Coloradoan. "I did sort of a back kick to bring up whatever it was, and then I saw the bottom of a baby's foot float up."

The baby was 3-year-old Sitali Hernandez. Mondragon pulled her out of the water and started screaming for help.

"I grabbed her and carried her limp body to the shore," Mondragon said. "The girl was already blue. She wasn't breathing."

The Fort Collins plumber worked with two off-duty nurses to administer CPR on the child until emergency workers arrived. Sitali was rushed to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Aurora.

Mondragon paid Sitali a visit Monday afternoon and the girl’s mother thanked him for saving her daughter’s life.

"If I was not in that right spot at the right time, it could have been a search and rescue mission," Mondragon said. "As I told the little girl's mom, when I saw the baby's toes that became my baby."

Mondragon is now working with local businesses and residents to see if he can collect life vests for those who don’t have or can’t afford them.

A hospital spokeswoman said the child is in good condition.

Sources: The Coloradoan, Boston News Time

Photo Credit: Boston News Time, John Holm/Flickr