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Old 03-13-2013, 11:02 AM   #151
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All I can tell you is that I got it from a friend who is a friend of a family member. I will try to get something more concrete.
She said it was posted by a cousin to a military site and that he knew information about him and his condition before it was made public, but still, donate at your own risk I guess.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #152
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Unhappy really sad

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Old 03-13-2013, 12:25 PM   #153
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So sad... Praying for this family xo
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:22 PM   #154
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I'm not going to ever excuse true rudeness or insensitivity but I do want you to know this about your fellow DISers- we're all upset when something happens to Disney Family. We feel this happened in our home. We don't want to point fingers or make anyone feel guilty, but, still, we DO want to cast blame...just because we want there to BE something to blame. We "want" to hear that someone was negligent, someone was naughty, someone caused it. Because the alternative- the reality that tragedy is out there and can strike anyone for no known reason, to realize that good kids, of good parents, can die in good places, by just doing the same things OUR children do... It's just too much to bear. It's much too scary.

Just my 2 cents- as a mom, a nurse, a been-there-done-that teacher of advanced pediatric resuscitation, and a human who has dealt with critical ill children and their loved ones...did I mention mom... {cry}
Thank you for an excellent post.

When I was a child a friend of the family (age 6) had a seizure in a bathtub of 3" of water, fell forward and drowned.

I am a Horse Person and I completely concur with what PP said. You can employ every safety measure (gloves, helmet, impact vest) and still have terrible tragedies like Christopher Reeve.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:12 PM   #155
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I read about this from a FB posting and was so saddened by it. I agree with others anything could have happened. I cannot swim but made sure my kids and now my grandkids can swim. We have belonged to a swim club for years and I will be in the pool way more often than I want to be again this year. I made complaints several times to the management last year about people who let their 3 year olds wearing "swimmies" go in the big pool alone while they napped and worked on their tan.

I can attest to the fact that drownings happen fast and silently. My DD was in the pool with 2 of my grandsons last year and turned her back for a second. My older DGS started screaming so she went to him thinking he was in trouble. The boys were within arms reach of 3 adults. He was screaming because my DD's son was drowning and he didn't know what to do. The older boy, by a year, couldn't swim and was trying to save him. The lifeguards and other adults there all looked stunned. They thought the boys were playing. The lifeguard apologized to me all summer for not jumping in quicker. The entire incident happened in less than 10 seconds but it seemed like an eternity. My heart breaks for that family.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #156
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I thought I read somewhere that he hit his head but I may be wrong. People need to stop judging. He may have been a good swimmer and the parents may have been close by. If someone hits their head they could go under and drown in no time. The parents may have been there and looked away for even a few minutes. It's very possible he hit his head and slipped under and no body noticed for a couple minutes. Thats all it would take. They could have seen him and not realized he was in trouble and thought he was just under the water. People judging need to get out of their glass houses.

My heart goes out to this family. Hope he's ok.
I agree. I read his parents were at the pool and the boys had been playing and a short time passed and they realized he wasn't around. He could have jumped in and hit his head ?? Pools are not the place for horse playing and it only takes a very short time for an accident to happen. Fault doesn't have to go on anyone. Not the boys, parents, no lifeguard or Disney. It's always posted NO LIFEGUARD and sadly accidents happen. Prayers and sadness to the family---a Missourian
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:11 PM   #157
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This is really interesting, but can you verify it?
I'd wait to see if it's verified. The name of the resort is incorrect

The firefighter that was at the pool bar that helped him was on our local news tonight as he helped him. I didn't know it was someone from our area. He did not speculate on whether he hit his head, had a seizure or anything else.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:40 PM   #158
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So it was not at the Pop Century Resort?

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:46 PM   #159
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:11 PM   #160
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That's what I thought.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:29 PM   #161
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My apologies if this has already been posted, but it's an important read for anyone who ever goes near pools, especially lifeguards and parents. Like others have said, drowning is silent and happens quickly. It's important for everyone to understand that it's not arms flailing and yelling. I highly recommend this article for everyone to read. I share it every spring with everyone I know, and I've heard of a few instances that reading it has actually potentially helped save a life.

http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:24 PM   #162
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It was at Pop Century. The page says the Walt Disney Pop Culture Resort. I guess I'm just too leery about those type of things.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:55 PM   #163
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My apologies if this has already been posted, but it's an important read for anyone who ever goes near pools, especially lifeguards and parents. Like others have said, drowning is silent and happens quickly. It's important for everyone to understand that it's not arms flailing and yelling. I highly recommend this article for everyone to read. I share it every spring with everyone I know, and I've heard of a few instances that reading it has actually potentially helped save a life.

http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/

thank you for the link. it was educational...i had no idea what a drowning person would act like. just reading the "signs of drowning" is alarming.

my heart goes out to friends and family of the drowning victim.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:20 AM   #164
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I live in Central Florida, and my local news just reported that this poor boy did pass away. They didn't give details, except about it happening at PC.

Edit - I actually looked at their website for more info, and he died Tuesday morning; I don't know why they're just reporting it this morning. They advise that the Sheriff's office is still investigating, no other details are available.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:45 PM   #165
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This boys drowning makes me hyper vigilant even while I am watching my own children at swim lessons. I had to talk to one of my sons classmates about putting my sons head under the water. I hope I scared the boy. Even under the best circumstances people can drown. Medical problems, heat exhaustion, swallow too much water, being over tired- the list goes on.

I am so thankful my kids are in swim lessons but it doesn't give me a free pass not to pay attention.

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