Nearly two weeks ago, Jamie Lynn Spears's eight-year-old daughter, Maddie, almost drowned after accidentally flipping her Polaris off-road vehicle into a pond on her family's property.
According to a statement released by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Jamie Lynn and her husband, Jamie, were watching Maddie closely as she became fully submerged under water:
The child was apparently steering the vehicle to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch. In doing so, she overcorrected causing the ATV to enter the pond. The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.
The statement continued by saying the ambulance arrived within two minutes of their call to 911:
Within seconds the child’s mother, stepfather, and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail. The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters.
Maddie was then airlifted to New Orleans Children's Hospital where she was listed as in critical, but stable, condition.
Thankfully, Maddie was able to make a full recovery.
Now, the paramedics who responded to Jamie Lynn's 911 call are speaking out.
Two first responders, Victoria Ragoonath and John Fortner, told “Inside Edition” that “by some miracle” they just so happened to station their ambulance two minutes from the family's property.
Ragoonath said they had no idea they were responding to Jamie Lynn Spears's home when they heard the call come through. He explained:
“There was an ATV, it had rolled into a pond and there was a hysterical woman on the phone. We turn on the lights, sirens, and we head to the address.”
Once they arrived, they witnessed Jamie Lynn and her husband trying to flip the vehicle right side up.
Fortner said that despite the pair doing everything they could, it wasn't until the paramedics arrived that they got the off-road vehicle onto its side. It was also then that the paramedics realized they were dealing with an injured child:
“When we got to her she was not conscious she was laid across the seat, tangled up in the safety netting that runs around the ATV.”
Upon getting the vehicle on its side, they learned Maddie's head was stuck in something. However, because the pond water was so murky, the paramedics couldn't identify what it was. Fortunately, they were able to free the eight-year-old as soon as possible.
Maddie wasn't breathing, nor did she have a pulse when they first pulled her out of the vehicle. As “Inside Edition” reported, Ragoonath and Fortner immediately started to do lifesaving CPR.
The paramedics admitted that at that point, the situation seemed “grim.”
As Ragoonath rushed to meet the medevac helicopter waiting to take Maddie to the Children's Hospital, which was about ten minutes away, Fortner was in the back of the ambulance with Maddie. Before they even arrived to the helicopter, Maddie regained a pulse.
Both of the paramedics are “amazed” at Maddie's quick improvement, echoing her family's sentiments that prayers for Maddie were answered.
In an Instagram post, Jamie Lynn thanked the first responders who saved her daughter's life:
The paramedics believe that it was definitely “God's hand” that aided in her recovery...