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UPDATE: Paso Robles girl dies four days after being found face-down in pool

The Paso Robles girl found face-down in an apartment complex pool last week died Saturday evening, Children's Hospital Central California spokeswoman Micheline Golden said.

Elizabeth Calaty, 9, was in critical condition at the Central Valley hospital on Friday afternoon.

She was found floating face-down the evening of May 4 in a pool at the Dry Creek Apartments in Paso Robles, city Emergency Services Chief Ken Johnson said.

Firefighters estimated that she had been in the pool for about three minutes.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene at 6:43 p.m., they found Calaty lying on her back on the pool deck as a bystander administered CPR, Johnson said.

Calaty was not breathing and had no pulse, he said.

Firefighters administered a number of drugs, cleared her airway and were able to regain a pulse, Johnson said, adding that the girl was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.

On May 5, authorities transferred Calaty to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera, Golden said.

Calaty, 9, from Lackawanna, N.Y., was visiting the area with her family, those close to her said on Monday.

Her family declined to comment further, saying they’d prefer to keep the situation private as they grieve.

Those interested in donating to the family to help with funeral expenses can contact family friend Melanie Krutsinger at 591-0424 or melaniewithwhar@hotmail.com.

-Tonya Strickland

Original story:

A Paso Robles girl who nearly drowned in an apartment complex pool was in critical condition at a Central Valley hospital Friday afternoon.

Elizabeth Calaty, 9, was found floating face-down Tuesday evening in a pool at the Dry Creek Apartments in Paso Robles, city Emergency Services Chief Ken Johnson said.

According to Johnson, the girl had been left unattended for up to five minutes when her sister’s screams were heard.

Firefighters estimated that she had been in the pool for about three minutes.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene at 6:43 p.m., they found Calaty lying on her back on the pool deck as a bystander administered CPR, Johnson said.

Calaty was not breathing and had no pulse, he said.

Firefighters administered a number of drugs, cleared her airway and were able to regain a pulse, Johnson said, adding that the girl was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.

On Wednesday, authorities transferred Calaty to Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera, hospital spokeswoman Micheline Golden said.

She was being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit as of Friday afternoon, Golden said.

Johnson did not know whether Calaty or her family lived in the apartment complex.

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