Girl who nearly drowned leaves Portland hospital

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 4-year-old Vancouver girl who nearly drowned on Sunday was released Thursday from a Portland hospital, as her mother broke down in tears thanking rescuers.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/nBccin ) many thought Andrea Jack would die after she was pulled out of the water limp at the Klineline Pond swimming beach at Salmon Creek Park in Vancouver.

She was not breathing, but witnesses started CPR until medics arrived and she was taken to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center.

The hospital held a ceremony to honor three citizens involved in the rescue. The girl's mother, Juleen Lipai, thanked everyone before breaking down in tears and taking her daughter home.

Andrea is running, playing and back to her old self.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com