When we hear about water accidents, we often only hear about heartbreaking stories of deaths from drowning, as if that wasn’t enough, did you know for every one child that losses his/her life to a drowning incident, another 5 children suffer a near drowning (or in Abby’s case, a nonfatal drowning) resulting in long-term health consequences?
Our little Abby is currently facing challenges of developmental delays, seizures and memory related issues; her doctors suspect her near drowning may be a contributing factor. Tomorrow, we are checking in at All Children’s for an MRI of her brain to rule out a number of issues. We pray that her MRI and other various labs comes back clear. The summer is full of ongoing testing while we do everything possible to support Abby’s ability to catch up with her peers before she starts Kindergarten. This is incredibly difficult for our family, as we’d love to just tell everyone that she suffered a drowning and she came out perfect, but the reality is that the degree of her drowning event rarely ends in survival and even more rarely a perfect recovery with no longterm issues. What’s wonderful is Abby’s endless energy and happiness that fills any room she’s in. Regardless of any challenges she’s facing, she carries on, singing and dancing – “She Loves Being a Princess” and she’ll tell you that quit regularly in a song she loves to sing. We know that the Lord has his hands around her, and regardless of the results of all the summer long testing – he will continue to carry her and our family through this.
As a mom who realizes first hand just how easy and detrimental water accidents can be, even while we go through this as a family - - it’s important that we share the truth with other families. Please be sure to read up on summer water safety tips (we’ll be posting a flyer in the next few days on our website and social media sites), and be sure your babies are equipped with Survival Swim and you’re equipped with CPR training. (We’ll also be posting a link to the Polk Fire Rescue site, which has some wonderful resources for drowning prevention).
Rachel Warren publishes the majority of Blog postings for AGH, is a strong advocate for water safety and related injury prevention working tirelessly at the county and state levels to strengthen and improve water safety campaigns, initiatives and promote these campaigns through community outreach programs of AGH.