Toddler still struggling for life after falling in fountain

An 18-month-old boy was struggling for his life Thursday, a day after a security guard found him in a fountain at the Hyatt Hotel at the Embarcadero minutes after he went missing.

The boy and his twin sister were at the hotel with their mother and nanny, who were taking pictures in a lobby area elaborately blanketed with holiday décor and finding shelter from the rain.

He was reported missing around 1:20 p.m., and eight minutes later a security guard at the hotel spotted him lifeless in a fountain in which the water is more than 2 feet deep, according to police.

He was resuscitated during the 1.2-mile drive to St. Francis Hospital, and emergency crews were able to get blood pressure and a pulse running through his comatose body, said fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge.

He was later transported to UCSF Medical Center. Police could only say his condition is life-threatening, and a hospital spokesperson could not comment.

Police are reviewing tapes from the hotel, but have not released any details nor said whether the catastrophe is on tape at all, said police Officer Albie Esparza.

Talmadge said a person who nearly drowns can be subject to brain damage because of loss of oxygen,  but did not know the boy’s condition.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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