9-Year Old Rescued After Being Buried Alive in Sand

9-Year Old Rescued After Being Buried Alive in Sand

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(West Valley City-AP) -- A nine-year old is alive after being buried upside-down in the sand.

It happened Sunday night. Heather Giles was apparently playing alone on a large dirt pile, and digging a hole toward the center of the pile.

A short while later, a neighbor noticed her motionless legs in the sand pile, called 9-1-1 and ran to her rescue.

Bill Ring dug Heather out of the hole, and her mouth and nostrils were filled with dirt and she wasn't breathing.

Ring started C-P-R and the little girl started breathing again.

She was flown to the hospital in critical condition but was released yesterday.

Heather paid a visit to Ring last night and gave him a thank you card and a balloon for saving her life.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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