Toddler Recovering after Nearly Drowning in Family Pool

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM EDT

BOSTON, N.Y. (WKBW) - "It just happened so quick, it's so quick," a loved one close to the victim told Eyewitness News.

That's how the loved one of a twenty-three month old Lillian Nawotka describes the tragedy at a pool that happened Tuesday night before nine o'clock on Omphalius Road in the Town of Boston.

"There were people in the pool, but they had their backs to her. They were only three feet from the side, and she fell in behind them. With all the noise in the front, and watching the kids in the front, you didn't even hear her fall in," the relative said.

This relative, who didn't want to be identified, said he and other adults pulled Lillian from the pool less than a minute after she went underwater. They then called 911because she was not breathing, and unconscious. He said it was a terrible ordeal.

"No one ever wants to have to do that to even a friend, but especially a relative," Lillian's loved one said.

A New York State Trooper was the first to arrive on scene, and started performing CPR on the little girl, partially reviving the child.

"A two year old child nearly succumbs to a drowning incident. In my opinion, he saved the life of that young girl," New York State Trooper Lt. Kevin Barnas said.

Lillian was taken to Women and Children's hospital and is now in critical but stable condition.

"Luckily, the trooper and the family were there and it worked out very well," Barnas said.

The relative said it's a miracle.

"Thank God she is doing alright, and she should be released shortly, " he said.

Lillian's loved-one said he has a word to the wise.

"My advice to any parents who have pools is to know where your kids are at all times. If you're in the pool, know where your kids are. It only takes a minute for this tragedy to happen," Lillian's loved one said.