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Plumber Shocked By What He Pulls Out Of Lake

Angelo Mondragon, 32, was visiting family and friends at Windsor Lake Sunday afternoon, when he felt something soft touch his leg. Mondragon told the Coloradoan "It felt like something you normally wouldn't feel in the water. I did sort of a back kick to bring up whatever it was, and then I saw the bottom of a baby's foot float up." The baby was 3-year-old Sitali Hernandez. Mondragon then recalled "I grabbed her and carried her limp body to the shore. The girl was already blue. She wasn't breathing."

The Fort Collins plumber worked with two off-duty nurses to administer CPR on the child until emergency workers arrived. Sitali was rushed to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Aurora. Mondragon stated "If I was not in that right spot at the right time, it could have been a search and rescue mission. As I told the little girl's mom, when I saw the baby's toes that became my baby."

Mondragon is now working with local businesses and residents to collect life vests for those who don’t have or can’t afford them. A hospital spokeswoman said the toddler is in good condition.

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