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Hernando family warns of the dangers of unsecured swimming pools

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The Young family was preparing to go on vacation in June, 2011 when a tragedy struck. Thirty-three-year-old Kara Martinez left her daughter in the family room for just a moment.

"When I came out of the restroom something told me to look for her. And when I went to the back porches I found my daughter lying in the pool."

One year old Savannah Young was blue in the face and not responding. The toddler's grandmother, Karen Young, has a nursing background and started CPR immediately.

Karen Young said, "She was breathing when the medics got here that her oxygen level was 98 percent."

But when Savannah was taken away, something went wrong.

Kara Martinez says she was told, "When she got down to the transporting of the helicopter that she just went backwards."

Now three-year-old Savannah is disabled. She eats through a feeding tube and needs full time care.

Martinez says her daughter, "Can't sit up by herself... she can't hold her head up... no walking, talking, crawling. The only thing she can do really is hear."

Martinez is now trying to get help to pay for medical treatments that might restore some of Savannah's brain functions.

Kara says when her father had the pool installed, he asked the contractor to include the best pool fence they had.  On the day of the accident, one of the latches wasn't secure.

"You have to be careful. Anything can happen in the split of a second. You know we had security gates. We had locks on the doors. We thought we did everything we could to make sure this wouldn't happen and it happened," Martinez explains.

Kara says she has one wish that she hopes will come true some day.

"I would love to have a full recovery but just to be able to get my little girl to look at me and say mommy one time... I mean that's something you miss and you don't realize when you have it and it's gone it's... you'd give anything to get it back."

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