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Child rescued from river in Mendon

A 7-year-old child was rescued from drowning in the St. Joseph River in Mendon earlier this week.

State police said troopers were called to assist Mendon Police Department just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to Fremont Street in response to a child who had fallen into the river. The victim fell into the river but was subsequently pulled from the water by his father.

Law-enforcement officials recognized the child was in a state of agonal breathing and in significant danger of death, and began administering further life-saving efforts. Troopers performed rescue breathing for more than 15 minutes before the child eventually began to breathe regularly while coughing up river water.

The child, who eventually returned to a normal color, was transported to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for further medical attention.

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