Summer is here and to deal with the warm, sometimes hot weather, we take to the pool or beach. As yet another report of a missing teenage boy off the New Jersey shore this weekend, I am reminded of another boy many years ago. I was asked to work the night shift on a near drowning 4-year-old boy. “Near drowning” in that he did drown and was brought back to this world but as a different child. He became the boy that couldn’t. He could never walk again, talk again, eat independently, play with his siblings, attend school or swim in the back yard pool. For it was this pool he climbed to, determined to get in at the age of three. Found floating for no one knows how long and revived by EMS. Spent months in a hospital having tubings and treatments that would make his life easier — maybe more “normal.” He cried in pain often and rejected being held. As painful as it was to care for and watch this beautiful boy, it was more difficult on the siblings and parents. It changed their lives, their family and forever scarred their attachment to this little boy. Water is an attractive feature to all children and for boys in particular between the ages 5-14 yrs drowning is the leading cause of death. So as you take to the beaches, watch kids of all ages closely. Honor the rules of the beach when riptides are strong-even the best of swimmers are fooled and gone. Have a safe summer and help your children be the ones that can.
This was such a great blog.
At the age of ten, I almost drowned at an amusement park. That incident really turned me away from learning how to swim and being active in any water sports. Finally, almost two decades later, I have signed up for swimming lessons over this summer. I understand the value and importance of knowing how to swim, and want to be apart of a community of people who can help save a life from drowning instead of being another casualty.
Thanks for sharing,
A moving story. Such an important skill for everyone to learn. Hopefully we can spread the word about the importance of swimming. And Enolia, congratulations on overcoming your fear and signing up for learn to swim lessons.