Bianca Cruz, 15, from Garden Grove survived a near-fatal shock in a family pool over the weekend, but says she cannot remember the incident. When paramedics arrived at the scene, Cruz had no pulse. When she was released from the hospital Wednesday, she went to church to give thanks. Vikki Vargas reports from Garden Grove for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on August 14, 2012.
The 15-year-old Garden Grove girl who survived an electric shock in her family's pool says she feels lucky to be alive and will not let this "accident" make her fearful of the water.
Bianca Cruz says she has chest pain and her thigh hurts when she walks, but she is well aware that she received a second chance at life.
Doctors tell her family it’s as if she was never injured.
“I was told no medications, all her readings are normal, no issues with any of her organs,” her mother Bertha said. “It’s very unusual.”
What is also unusual is how the Garden Grove teen was knocked unconscious. Saturday afternoon she jumped into the backyard swimming pool and received an electric shock. When police officers arrived, she had no pulse.
Paramedics revived her then took her to UCI Medical Center, where she and her 23-year-old sister Tiffany were treated for shock.
“I remember seeing people around me, but I was not sure where I was,” Bianca told NBC4.
Once she was released from the hospital Tuesday, Cruz went straight to St. Columban’s church to thank God for her survival. She was surrounded by her family, who also gave thanks.
“He gave me my daughter back,” her father Julio said. “I will never forget that my whole life.”
Julio Cruz says the pool light could not have been to blame, since it was not connected to any power source. An investigation was still underway into the cause of the incident.
“I don’t understand what happened, but what it is we need to find the problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bianca is convinced she’ll be back in the water again.
"It’s not a fear, it’s an accident and you don’t need to fear it,” she said.