Drowning Really is Silent

Drowning is Silent

I ran into the ER with mismatched clothes and wet hair. “My daughter was just brought in. She was in a pool accident.” I said.

A pool accident. That’s what they’d called it when my friend’s little girl drowned a few years earlier. I wondered what it meant at the time but now, I couldn’t bring myself to say “my daughter almost drowned”.

We’d celebrated my oldest son’s birthday with a pool party. Everyone had a great time and my 2-year-old daughter loved splashing around in the water in her life jacket. We are careful around water. I thought I knew how quickly an accident could happen. As we were packing up to leave I removed her life jacket, wrapped her up in a towel and put her on a deck chair.

“I go hot tub”, she said.

“No.” I told her. The hot tub was one of her favorite things but I knew that once I she got in it would take me forever to get her back out again. “It’s time to go home now”.

I left her sitting on the deck chair as I packed up a few things. We had 6 adults standing there so I felt like I could relax a bit. Afterall, what could go wrong with so much supervision? The truth is, you can NEVER relax when you have kids around the water. Never.

A few minutes later something jerked me to attention and I looked around for my daughter. She was nowhere to be seen. I scanned the pool first but she wasn’t there. The gate was open so I thought she may have wandered out and worried about cars I nearly went there first. Now I am so glad I didn’t.

There are 4 foot tall bushes between the pool and the hot tub that have grown thicker over time so I ran over there to check the other side before I went looking outside of the gate. What I saw as I came around the bushes horrified me. My daughter was face down in the center of the hot tub . . . and I had no idea how long she’d been in there.

I screamed for my husband, “She’s in the water!” and went running for the hot tub, jumping in fully clothed.

I don’t know if it was the shock of the situation or the fact that I was only a month out from my c-section and hadn’t fully recovered yet but I couldn’t get my body to move the way I wanted. I couldn’t get my daughter’s head above the water fast enough. I’d managed to push her closer to the edge and by then my husband was at the edge. He was holding one of the twins and reaching into the water with his other hand.

They always say that time slows down in an emergency but it’s an odd sensation when it happens to you. What must have only been a matter of seconds felt like an eternity. My husband quickly passed off the baby and began frantically working on my daughter.

She wasn’t breathing.

That image will stay with me for as long as I live. Her eyes were open but there was no life in them.

I’ve taken many CPR classes in the past but it’s been a while since I had a refresher and I froze. What was I supposed to do? What was the first step? There was no room for any thought in my mind except that my child was not breathing.

My husband did a Heimlich maneuver of sorts and pushed some water out of her tiny body. Reflexively, she began to vomit. Finally she coughed and took a breath.

We had 911 on the line and, right or not, since she was breathing we felt like we could get her to the hospital faster than we could direct the ambulance into our community pool so my husband grabbed her and rushed to the hospital.

I followed behind after changing out of my wet clothes and making sure the other kids were settled with my mom. Thank goodness we had help available so I could rush out the door and follow them.

At the ER they took me straight back. My daughter was sitting on my husband’s lap on the gurney in a large room surrounded by a team of doctors. Her oxygen levels were in the 80s. That was bad they told me. Her carbon dioxide levels were high. She had fluid in her lungs.

I was able to give my daughter a quick hug. When she saw me she teared up and with her sweet little voice said “mommy”. The doctor said they needed to intubate her to help her breath while her lungs healed. He kept telling me she was going to be fine but I didn’t believe him yet.

My daughter was sedated and intubated and we were told she’d need to be life-flighted to the children’s hospital. The team from the children’s hospital arrived and after stabilizing her they loaded her up and wheeled her away, leaving my husband and me standing in the hallway holding my daughter’s wet bathing suit as strangers took my daughter to the helicopter that would fly away without us.

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How does this happen? It took only minutes. There were plenty of adults around. None of us heard a thing.

Most moms have seen the “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning” post that has made it’s way around Facebook. We’ve heard that drowning is silent but until you see how quickly and quietly it can happen it doesn’t really sink in.

My daughter made no noise . . . she couldn’t. She didn’t splash. She didn’t yell for help. We were all standing ten feet away while she drowned.

At the hospital we were told they see their worst case scenarios at family gatherings when there’s plenty of people to supervise. Everyone thinks someone else is watching. Everyone thinks they can relax.

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We got off very, VERY lucky. The doctor told us my daughter likely had another 30 seconds before her heart stopped. When I think of how close things were I get chills. After 24 hours on the ventilator and another 24 hours in the hospital for observation my daughter was able to come home with us, but not before yelling at her nurse for pulling off the tape that held her IV’s in place.

Today she’s every bit as stubborn, smart, and wonderful as she was before her accident. Whenever I work up the courage to go back to the pool with my kids, you had better believe that I will not be taking my eyes off of them for a second.

You cannot relax around kids and water. Drowning can happen in seconds. It’s quick and it’s quiet and it can happen to your child. Fortunately our experience had a happy ending but we’re all feeling a bit traumatized and that experience is going to stay with me forever. The water is never going to look quite the same.

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    Kristin Goodson says

    Thank you for sharing! I’m always so nervous around water and I feel like I’m careful with my toddler, but this really could happen to anyone! I’m so thankful your daughter is okay! Hopefully this post can let others know how fast and quickly this could happen to them.

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    Ann B. says

    Thank God she is okay.
    We had a built in pool when the older girls were little and I took CPR courses just in case. It was a constant worry that they would slip outside when we were asleep. The older one knew how to open the door, so we installed a lock way up high that she couldn’t reach. I have to say, I worried constantly about the pool and the kids especially when we had company because you are so easily distracted. Wow…I’m just glad you got to her in time.

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      says

      Emily, I’m still feeling a bit traumatized. I feel guilty for letting it happen. We are always so careful around water but apparently not quite careful enough. We have some bushes between our pool and hot tub that fortunately our HOA is now planning on removing but it’s no excuse for not having her right next to me when there was water nearby. It’s going to take me a very, VERY long time to get up enough courage to go back to the pool. I can’t imagine being at the pool when the twins are mobile. Having 3 non-swimmers scares me to death.

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        Bruce Schwartz says

        I am so glad your daughter is ok. I think the most important lesson here is to teach your children to swim, and not rely on life vests and water wings or other flotation devices. Very few people are ever lucky enough to be wearing them when they fall in. Learning to swim is the best prevention for drowning.

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    says

    I am so sorry. I saw your photo last week and then we came to my in laws this week. They have an indoor pool with doors that cannot be secure from the inside to access the pool as it’s a main exit from upstairs.
    Last year when we were here one if my twins tried to walk on the flimsy pool cover and got wet up to her waist. Thankfully someone was close by.
    This year, the day we arrived the other one (who also loves the water and has no fear) got in at the stairs and then fell over with a splash. My husband heard her from the yard, they’d left the outside door open.
    It freaks me out more to be in a large gathering because I know everyone assumes someone else is watching. I can’t ever relax unless I know I’ve assigned someone specific to watch and even then I’m paranoid. This house is too big and there are too many people staying here. So scary.
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    • 8

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      Krista,

      That would scare me to death. I always thought I’d love to have a pool in the backyard but I really don’t think I could do it now. It’s bad enough having a community pool with no lifeguard to be a second set of eyes. My boys have been swimming for so long so the pool had been a relaxing place to hang out. Now with non-swimmers it’s stressful.

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        Bruce Schwartz says

        They’re never too young to learn to swim. Many experts advocate teaching them before they can walk. It’s really about learning to stay afloat at that age, but kids as young as six months can learn.

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    kymi a says

    Oh my what a story, I was crying reading this because I know how scared you all must have been! We are surround by water in the islands. I was am & always will be a freak, before I wouldn’t let them take off their floaties till we reached the car because I can’t keep my eyes on all of them at the same time, if one goes in atleast I know they will have a chance to float up till I or someone can help them. It may not be the best solution but it does work to keep them safe. I’m so happy your daughter is happy and doing so much better. God Bless you all

    • 11

      Dawn says

      Please do NOT think floaties will help! Think about it: Floaties are on the arms so what will float? The arms. And as the arms go up it pushes the head down. The ONLY flotation device to count on is properly fitting life jacket. They are made to keep the face out of the water. Your instinct to keep the flotation device on until the children reach the car is right, but be sure that it is US Coast Guard approved.

  5. 12

    says

    Oh Rachel, I’m crying for you! I’ve written about this on Right Start every year and truly, until you’ve had any scare you don’t realize how silent it is and how quickly it can happen. I’m SO sorry that your scare was so very scary and such a close call!! And, after just having the babies – I can’t even imagine! That mom intuition that caused you to look up is a very real thing. I’m SO so so glad she is ok!
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    says

    My daughter was nearly 3 when she survived after drowning. I was sitting on the steps, looking past her to watch my then 11 year old son swim laps. My toddler son crawled off my lap and as I turned to grab him, she (who was splashing on the steps inches from me) floated off the step and lost her footing. She made no sound. We didn’t know she was drowning and she was quite literally right under my nose.
    I’ll never recover from that, thankfully she did. It’s been almost 3 years and I still can’t catch my breath around water. I can’t let it go and I will always feel that piece of me that has so much guilt but it can happen to anyone. I’m an ex lifeguard, I performed CPR and drove her to the hospital in my bathing suit with my two other kids, in a town I was visiting. It’s all such a nightmare, one that is 100% preventable. Accidental drowning should be shared, it should be talked about because we are programmed to think drowning is loud and chaotic.
    I’m so sorry for your experience but am touched and in awe of your bravery.
    I wrote about my daughters drowning you can read it here http://yeshernameiselvis.blogspot.com/2013/08/she-went-under.html?m=1

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      says

      I’m so sorry you had that experience. It’s scary how common it is. Since my daughter’s accident I’ve had people come from all over the place and tell me they’ve had a similar experience. Some of the stories I’ve heard are heartbreaking and I’m so glad ours had a happy ending. I’m probably going to be nervous around water for the rest of my life. Stuff like this tends to stick with you. I’m not avoiding water though but every time we go to the pool or the beach is so stressful for me.

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    Cate says

    Thanks for this. It happened to us too, also with a happy ending although we were told by the hospital that our 3 year old daughter is one of only 2 children who had survived from that point. When we found her face down in a pool on holiday in Spain there was no pulse, she was grey and spongey and we believed she was already dead. My husband wouldn’t give up on her, tipped her up (which isn’t he best way but we were doing whatever we could think of), got the water out of her lungs and breathed into her mouth over and over until she coughed, vomited strings of brown viscous fluid and began grunting. We thought she was brain damaged at first but she gradually recovered. We had a night in a small Spanish hospital which deals with 2 drownings a week. Most not with a happy ending. I didn’t speak enough Spanish to handle the detail but called a doctor friend in the UK who told me what they were doing was exactly right. She was on a drip for 24 hours and we had to be assessed before we could fly home due to lower oxygen levels in her blood. She had pneumonia from the dirty water in her lungs and it was a couple of weeks before she was back to normal. The image of the child we believed was dead, that we believed we had found too late, will never leave us. We now live near the sea and all our kids have swimming lessons. I never relax on the beach but I encourage them to swim, understand the water and try to teach them how to be as safe as possible because we won’t always be around. Swimming is such a fantastic, fun and healthy activity. Our nearly drowned child is 11 now and adores the water. She gets angry with me for calling her back in more than other parents. But those memories are horrific. And our story is one that ended happily. We were close by while our baby was dying in the water – our daughter had crept outside in her pjs while we were cooking dinner in a holiday villa. And yes, it is a silent death. Knowing the risks and what to do when you find a drowning person can make a massive difference. Every single second matters. Thanks for raising this.

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    Lisa says

    I guess I’m fortunate in a way I never knew. We haven’t ever been able to have a pool. We just couldn’t afford one. Thankfully none of the kids have ever had a close call like that. Two of mine one being my baby she’s 3 now are terrified of water. So they don’t like to swim much. The others already know how to swim. I taught my youngest son starting at 3 and he is 5 now and I still watch him like crazy near water.

  9. 21

    Anna says

    My 34 month old daughter drowned almost 9 years ago. It was/is a heartbreaking loss , my heart has yet to mend from.

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    Danelle T says

    I am so glad your daughter is okay. A few years ago we had a close call with my older daughter. we were all playing in the local aquatic center together. Since our kids can’t swim yet we always try to keep both of us in the water with them and keep them close. My husband was taking our son to go down the slides and my older daughter was following them, I thought he knew that. I bent down and picked up my youngest and went to follow them and when I looked up I saw my husband and son getting out and my older daughter was no where to be seen. I was looking around frantically in the crowd when I saw a life guard helping her to the side. She had gone a little to deep and went under, she was fine though thankfully because the life guards were close.
    When my youngest was little we were at the beach playing in a little stream of water where a creek goes in to the ocean, only about a foot or so deep. My youngest was standing right next to me and playing as I watched her when my husband walked up and I turned to say something to him and he asked me if I was going to get her. I looked back down and in the spilt second I had looked away she had fallen forward and was face down in the water. I grabbed her quickly and she was fine but it scared me so bad.

  11. 23

    says

    I didn’t see this last year when you posted it – but wanted to check in with a thank you for writing your story. It has undoubtedly helped others realize that constant supervision around water is not optional. My wife and I were very happy to read the part where your daughter fully recovered. Again – thank you.

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    Jessica says

    At my dd’s first birthday party she was in the pool with family. Someone left her in there alone. Who the heck is the last person to leave the pool and thinks it is okay to leave a one year old in there alone?!?!

    Anyway, she is almost 4 now and knows that she is never allowed in the pool without mommy or daddy…no one else is acceptable.

    Such a scary thing to happen, I am glad that your daughter is okay.

  13. 25

    Deanna says

    Unfortunately, I lost my 7 year old on a frozen pond a year ago. Water will never be the same. We will never have a pool here. So glad your was okay. ♡

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      says

      Oh I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine how hard that must have been. Water has not been the same for me since this accident and I hate that. I used to love the water but I’m not sure I’ll ever get over the fear.

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    Nicole says

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have a 2 year old daughter and a 5 month old son. I was bawling while reading this. I couldn’t help but picture my children in that situation.
    This is such an important reminder that we all need. I will certainly be more aware then I already am when there is water near by. And I will be asking my husband to read this as well
    Thank goodness your little one is alright! I’m sorry any of you had to go through that.
    I will never forget this story.
    Thank you
    Nicole

  15. 28

    says

    Thank you for sharing your experience. It definitely left an impact on me. I had my first experience with how quiet drowning can be when my oldest daughter was around 15 months old. I was working in a flowerbed not 10 feet from her as she played with the waterhose in a baby pool that was maybe 1ft deep. I watched her as she dropped the hose and then bent over to pick it up. Her face went under the water and at that point she panicked. She didn’t have that instinct to just pull her head out of the water. It took me half a heartbeat to realize that fact before I was to her and pulling her out of the water. Had I been concentrating on what I was doing or not watching her closer I would never have known. She would have drowned right next to me. I have been wary of my children in pools ever since that day. I will not take them to a larger pool unless there is one adult per child. It just scares me too much. Until they learn to swim, and have a place to practice – I will always be that way.

    I am so happy that your story turned out well. Thank you for sharing your experience so that others can understand as well.

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    says

    I am so glad that your story has a happy ending, and that your precious girl is okay. Thank you for being brave enough to share it. I know the panic and the fear all too well, tho my story ends differently than yours. Getting this out there is going to save lives, and you should be so so proud. I attached a link to my story, if you choose to glance at it. God bless <3 <3

    http://angelbabykhy.blogspot.com
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      says

      Sky, I just read through your story. I’m so sorry yours doesn’t have a happy ending. I only had a glimpse at how devastating that must be. Drowning, especially when it happens to someone so young, is always such a tragic thing. I really do hope our story will help prevent an accident this summer. My mom was with us when my daughter had her accident and she made a great point. She said that unless you are actively watching a child, you should be holding their hand so you know where they are. It stunned us both how quickly this could happen when everyone thought we were watching the kids carefully.
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    Kylie says

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    Lori Hunt says

    I feel your fear that is forever left after such an incident. I lost an 11 month old to a drowning accident. You really do look at water differently forever after. Blessings. I am so thankful your little girl has recovered.

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    says

    Wow, that must’ve been just the most devastating thing to experience but thank goodness everyone is a-OK
    Thanks for sharing this post, it’s certainly made me reappraise how we’ll manage the children around water
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    Abbie says

    This happened with my 3rd child when he was 18 months old. My oldest saw him before it was to late. There is a infant survival class called ISR. It teaches the kids as young as 6 months how to roll over on their backs and float if the are to fall into the pool. All 4 of my children have been in the class and do the refreshers at the start of every summer.

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      says

      Ironically, I had looked into those classes with her before this happened but they were well out of my budget. Now I have the twins too and I may just have to have an adult for each kid at the pool until everyone is older. My daughter will definitely be getting into swimming lessons this summer but I wish the techniques from the ISR were available somewhere so that I could start them with the twins on my own. The classes here were between $2000 – $3000.
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    Stacey Pool says

    Rachel, thank you for this article. This is exact same thing happened to us. We took my daughter’s life vest off, looked away, and she was under. I am so thankful our story ended the same as yours but you really can’t explain to anyone how quickly this can happen. Thank you for bringing attention to this very important subject. I know I am very different now then I was before. God Bless you and your family!

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    Lisa G says

    I teared up reading your story. Thank you for sharing it. Even though my kids are 7 and 11 now, I do still recall two years ago when my daughter (then 5) was in a pool for the first time that summer and had forgotten what she learned at swim lessons the prior summer. She was bobbing up and down and I was screaming my husband to get to her (he was in the pool also, but not right next to her). She swallowed maybe a mouthful of water so it wasn’t any sort of emergency situation, but it was terrifying to know what would have happened next. I will never forget it. I am also the parent that never let their kids go to swimming parties, because I don’t trust a lot of kids (especially boys) in a pool with little supervision. I am terrified they will be rough-housing and one will go under and get stuck among the group’s arms, legs, etc.

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    says

    For every death by drowning there are FIVE non fatal drownings. Wow! Your story brought me right back to my son’s near death drowning. This quote particularly struck me…”Most moms have seen the ‘Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning’ post. We’ve heard that drowning is silent. But until you see how quickly and quietly it can happen, it doesn’t really sink in. My daughter made no noise. She couldn’t. She didn’t splash. She didn’t yell for help. We were all standing ten feet away while she drowned.” After being air lifted, being in a coma for two days, my son woke to make nothing short of a miraculous recovery. I’m happy beyond words for you and your family. I understand how you are changed forever as I am. I started http://www.thecprparty.org to help spread the word about drowning and CPR. Thank you so much for telling your story and spreading the word of drowning prevention. #CPRParty #StopDrowning #CPRSavesLives

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    Holly says

    After almost 6 months since our 3 year old sons near drowning experience I really appreciate your post. Time certainly moves slowly when you see your little one totally blue and think it’s the end. I think it’s important for people to realize that you need to take action immediately and try everything in your power to remain calm and focus on resuscitating them. After being released from the hospital two days later my husband made all 5 of us get back in the water. It certainly wasn’t easy, but we got through it together and have been in the pool multiple times since. As Summer approaches this is certainly one of the most terrifying memories that will stay with us for a lifetime.

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    Carolyn McMillan says

    Thank you for posting your experience! We have always had a backyard pool and our 3 children are now adults having babies of their own. You have reminded me of how we can never be too careful when it comes to the water. As a homeowner, I am going to be extra vigilant when I have guests over with small children. Accidents can happen so easily when adults are relaxed and socializing. You are an excellent mom to be sharing this with others and I am so glad your beautiful sweetheart is healthy.

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    MA says

    Thank you for this honest post! We have had a few scares with accidental falls around ponds and pools over the years, but thankfully my husband and I saw them right away (or intervened before it happened). It is true that we all get too comfortable, especially when there are so many eyes and eyes around. We needed a babysitter recently and that night my husband’s family happened to be having a pool party. He wanted to drop the kids off with them to have fun and I think he was a little insulted that I didn’t feel comfortable with it and had a different friend watch them. This article came at a good time and makes me so glad I stuck with my gut instinct. They are wonderful people, but I couldn’t put the responsibility of my kids’ safety on other people in a distracting group swimming situation. I am so glad that your daughter is okay!!

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    meredith says

    Thank you for sharing. It can happen so quickly and is so silent. Such a scary thing! Infant self rescue swimming is a great resource and an invaluable skill if offered in anyones area. My oldest daughter at the age of 18 months had to use her self rescuing skills and I firmly believe had she not had those lessons, we would have found ourself in your situation or worse. Water is a great gift but can be a great danger as well.

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    says

    So glad your little girl is ok. Thank you for sharing your story…it happens so often. My toddler son got away from me one day. Luckily he had just finished another round of swim lessons and was kicking his feet and moving his arms like they taught him. That would not have keep him afloat for long and a luckily I saw him right away.

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    Jan says

    I feel like it is May, 2002 all over again. Only, my son was 6, not 2. And I only turned away for a moment…or so I thought. The next thing I hear is “Bubba get up!!!! Bubba, get up!!!!!! It was his 8 year old sister trying to get his attention. As I turned around, I see my baby on the bottom of the pool, his red swim suit sticking out like a sore thumb (to this day, he is not allowed to wear red swim trunks). By the grace of God, there was an ER nurse at the party. She gave him CPR. He woke…slurring words, acting strangely (like he was mentally disabled). I was crushed! I DID THIS TO MY BABY by not staying tuned to he and his sister. He was taken to Children’s Hospital. On the way there, the EMT asked him if this happened in his grandmother’s pool. His answer – “No, my gramma lives in Texas” was the BEST answer I could hear…I knew he was going to be ok. (We were in Ohio at the time). Here it is, 13 years later, and he is a normal 19 year old young adult with the world at his feet.

    I cannot stress the importance of diligence when around water with kiddos. And swim lessons!

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    Brandee says

    I’m so thankful your daughter is ok! How awful and scary that must have been. Every Moms worst nightmare. A friend of mine lost her 2 year old last year and so we immediately enrolled our daughter (then 1 year old) into ISR’s infant swimming classes. It takes a little of the fear of drowning away for us, but, of course, even kids with swim training need constant supervision! It’s so scary how quick accidents can happen. We plan to put our coming daughter (I’m 20 weeks pregnant) into ISR’s swim lessons at 6 months! That’s how early they can learn to float. It’s incredible! Thank you for sharing your story- hopefully it’ll be a good reminder to us all that when there’s water around, you can’t let your guard down!

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      says

      Oh that is heartbreaking. I hate hearing stories of kids who didn’t make it and it’s all too common. Ironically, I had looked into ISR swim classes for my daughter just before her accident but they were so far out of my budget that there was no way I could make them work. In my area they were $2000+ for about 2 week’s worth of classes. I’m sure it’s an awesome program, and one that I’m sure makes a huge difference, but with 6 kids I just couldn’t make that work.
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    says

    When I was in my 20’s I had 3 kids and babysat for a few part time babies/toddlers. One day we decided to go to my grandparents for a swim. I put floaties on the toddler I was watching and tried to get him to get in the pool. He wanted nothing to do with it. But he did want the floaties OFF! So eventually I obliged him and took them off.
    I got out of the pool and decided to brush it at the deep end while the older kids played and swam and the toddler played on the deck.
    I glanced around and HE WAS GONE! Screened in pool so he didn’t go outside. Doors shut, so he wasn’t inside the house. Only one place left….the pool!
    I was horrified to see him standing on the steps, underwater, totally submerged. Not splashing. Just standing there under water with his eyes wide open. I ran and dove into the water and yanked him out. Placed him on the deck and banged on his back. He coughed out a ton of water just as his mom rounded the corner of the back patio. Of course I told her what just happened. And she told me how later he coughed up a bunch more water at home. Looking back, he should have been taken to the ER. I had no idea that oxygen levels could drop and CO2 levels rise.
    I just thank God that he was fine. It was truly one of the scariest moments of my life. ONly thing that trumped it was seeing a toddler on the back bumber of a volkswagon holding on for dear life as her father drove down the road! OMG was that scary. He didn’t pull over until he hit the highway, 2 miles later!
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      Oh that is terrifying! Yes, the ER is definitely the place to be after something like that happens. My daughter actually started to go unconscious just before they intubated her. They told us we were really lucky that she didn’t go into respiratory arrest in the ride over. We really should have waited for the ambulance but they were having trouble figuring out where we were and as a mom, I was just frantic to get her some help. I couldn’t stand there waiting for the ambulance to figure out how to get into our community pool. You never know how you are going to react in the moment like that.

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