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    Default 2-year old survives 15 minute submersion

    High Winds Blow Toddler Into Lake Michigan

    Child's Grandfather Dives In To Save Him; Both In Critical Condition

    POSTED: 2:49 pm CDT April 18, 2008
    UPDATED: 5:39 pm CDT April 18, 2008

    CHICAGO -- High winds apparently blew a stroller with a 2-year-old
    boy inside into Lake Michigan in the Lakeview neighborhood.

    The toddler's grandfather went into the waters of at Belmont Harbor
    after
    the child, who was submerged in the water for about 15 minutes, and
    both
    were hospitalized in critical condition Friday afternoon.

    At 2:36 p.m. fire crews responded to the 3200 block of North Lake
    Shore
    Drive for a report of a person in the water, according to Fire Media
    Affairs
    Cmdr. Will Knight.

    The man, who is about 60, was taking the toddler, who was in a
    stroller, out
    for a walk along the lakefront near Belmont Harbor when high winds
    blew the
    stroller into the lake, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry
    Langford.

    The man went into the lake after the toddler, who was wearing a
    diaper. The
    baby was probably submerged in the water for at least 15 minutes,
    Langford
    said.

    Fire Media Asst. Director Eve Rodriguez said the man was pulled out
    of the
    water almost immediately, while divers had to go into the water to
    search
    for the baby, who was still strapped into the stroller.

    The baby was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic
    Medical Center. The man, who was alert but seriously to critically
    injured,
    was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital, Langford said.

    The water temperature was 42 degrees, according to Rodriguez, who
    said the
    water was 10 to 12 feet deep in that area.

    The incident was the second Lake Michigan emergency reported Friday,
    as a
    body was discovered washed up on the rocks at Foster Avenue Beach on
    the
    North Side earlier in the afternoon.

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    Cleveland-Area Boy Survives Stroller's Dip In Lake
    2-Year-Old Under Water For 15 Minutes

    POSTED: 11:29 am EDT April 21, 2008
    UPDATED: 1:42 pm EDT April 21, 2008


    CHICAGO -- The 2-year-old boy who survived after being blown by a
    wind gust into Lake Michigan is doing better.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the boy's father and a family
    friend feel hopeful and the boy's condition has improved.

    The child's grandfather, Stanko Bojanovic, 65, was pushing the
    stroller with Lazar when wind apparently blew the stroller off the
    pier and into the lake Friday. The water temperature was 42 degrees.

    Authorities said the grandfather jumped into the harbor to save the
    boy, but was able only to shout for help.

    The boy remained submerged for at least 15 minutes before members of
    the Chicago Fire Department's dive team pulled him out, unconscious
    but alive.

    A family friend told the Sun-Times the boy's parents are optimistic.

    The paper reported that the family is from the Cleveland area.


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    Default Boy whose stroller blew into lake is getting stronger

    Boy whose stroller blew into lake is getting stronger
    Associated Press
    8:47 PM CDT, May 14, 2008

    Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo Print Reprints Post comment Text size: CHICAGO - Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago says a 2-year-old boy who spent 15 minutes underwater after his stroller was blown into Lake Michigan has grown strong enough to be taken off a respirator.

    The hospital says Lazar Ognjenovic has been transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

    The child's grandfather had been pushing him in a stroller along the lakeside on April 18th when the stroller went into the 42-degree water. Authorities say the grandfather jumped into the harbor to save the boy but was able only to shout for help.

    The boy remained submerged for at least 15 minutes before members of the Chicago Fire Department's dive team pulled him out.

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