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Published August 20, 2013, 06:10 PM

Grand Forks parents rescue toddler from pond

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Some quick thinking, CPR, and a spunky little boy made for a dramatic rescue in the front yard of a Grand Forks home. Kjell Kindseth is just 17 months old, and he's back to his normal self after falling into a decorative water pond. When his parents found him, Kjell was not breathing.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Some quick thinking, CPR, and a spunky little boy made for a dramatic rescue in the front yard of a Grand Forks home. Kjell Kindseth is just 17 months old, and he's back to his normal self after falling into a decorative water pond. When his parents found him, Kjell was not breathing.

Kjell Kindseth is right at home in his perfect world of the family playground today, surrounded by his three adorable sisters. He's quite unaware of all the fuss that has surrounded him the last 72 hours.

Lucas Kindseth - Kjell's Dad: "I jumped into the pond and removed him from her and ran down to the edge of the street."

On Saturday, Kjell was playing outside with his sisters. Parents Lucas and Gretchen had taken two minutes to move a piece of furniture inside the house when 10 year old daughter Silje screamed for help.

Lucas Kindseth: "She instantly came to the pond and that is where she found him."

Kjell had fallen into the pond and was floating.

Gretchen Kindseth - Kjell's Mom: "I could see that he was wet, I could see that he was limp, and I could see that he was blue, so I knew that it wasn't a good thing. He wasn't crying or moving. He wasn't doing anything, so I knew it was bad."

Silje knew enough to called 911.

Silje Kindseth - Kjell's Sister: "We learned about it in school a lot, so I went inside and I called."

Everything after that is a blur, but Kjell's parents began doing everything possible to save their son, including CPR.

Lucas Kindseth: "Gretchen was working the top section, working into his lungs and I was working compressions."

Gretchen Kindseth: "Probably a split second of panic; just for a minute, I wanted to do the same thing, just start screaming and crying and whatever, but it was brief. He handed Kjell to me and I turned around and put him on the ground."

Lucas Kindseth: "When you hear and see that initial sputter, you're like, 'Oh, a response.'"

Paramedics rushed Kjell to Altru's ER. There, doctors decided to life flight Kjell to Fargo's Sanford Pediatric ICU. The parents knew he was coming around when after landing in Fargo, he looked up and said, "All done."

Gretchen Kindseth: "I am kind of scenario runner, so I was really good in the moment, and I was good getting through the traumatic part. Now I go back and think, 'What could I have done differently? What if this had happend? What if that had happend?'"

Neighbors went ahead and drained the water feature. It will be filled in with dirt.

Lucas Kindseth: "It is just not worth the risk to us anymore."

Today the couple, who moved here recently from Moorhead, is glad that both of them have worked places that required CPR certification.

Gretchen Kindseth: "You always wonder, are you going to know what to do when the time comes, but you really do."

Lucas Kindseth: "I'm just glad that, instinctually, it comes to you when you need it. It's ingrained deep enough that you can separate your emotional response from what needs to happen at that time."

Kjell has completely recovered, eyes that would not open and limbs that would not move shortly after the trauma now work fine...and by the looks of playtime with sisters, Kjell is back to being a toddler nearly two.

Lucas Kindseth: "We are amazingly blessed."

The father, Lucas, says he is just now getting his voice back. He lost it after yelling for help and hollering for neighbors to call 911.

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