A little girl was swimming in the swimming pool at her local Toronto swimming pool when she got sick.
The family decided to call 911 and the pool manager was able to diagnose the child as having a rare bacterial illness called listeriosis.
She was rushed to the hospital where she is currently in stable condition.
She is recovering at home.
“It’s a scary time for parents,” said her mother, Stephanie, who asked to remain anonymous for the sake of her daughter’s privacy.
“But we were able to put her down on the side of the pool and let her get her air.”
“She had to go through so much pain and anxiety and anxiety to get to the point where she could go back in the pool,” said Stephanie.
The Listeriosis Foundation, which works to identify children who have the illness, says the disease is a very common one in the U.S. with around 5,000 confirmed cases reported every year.
The charity says the most common symptom of the illness is fever and cough.
The foundation says there is no cure for the illness but the goal is to get it under control in the next 10 to 15 years.