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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Near Drowning at Jorgensen YMCA

Although our daughters normally are in childcare at the Jorgensen YMCA when not in school, we've been taking turns hosting kids among our group of friends during their winter recess. My wife returned home this evening, after picking up our daughters from the home of a friend, and told me that the friend had informed her that a 9-year-old girl had drowned at the YMCA today. We were reflecting on that, the fact that our girls would normally have been in the group that was in the pool at the time, and discussing our reactions to "that sort of phone call".

Fortunately enough, the report turned out to be a mere close call. Here's the report we found shortly thereafter from WANE-TV:

(Allen County - WANE) An 8-year old girl was pulled from the swimming pool Thursday afternoon at the Jorgensen YMCA in Aboite Township after lifeguards noticed she was under the water and not moving.

According to the Allen County Sheriff's Department, the incident took place at 3:14 p.m.

After being pulled from the pool, lifeguards performed CPR. The little girl was breathing when she was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

There were approximately 33 other children in the pool when the girl went under. Authorities are looking into finding out exactly what happened.

Thank God! As parents, we couldn't even begin to comprehend such a loss. Our hearts go out to the young lady's parents and we share in their relief.

An update from the Journal Gazette is available HERE.

Still no change in the girl's condition as of 1-5.

***UPDATE 01/07/08: An undisclosed source close to the story has verified that the young lady is now in good condition and will be returning home very soon!***

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Blogger Human said...

Scary. I wonder what was the cause?
Here's to a little girl who needs a speedy recovery.

Last night in an effort to relieve my Lil Joe of any nightmares I told him he should dream of good things. Like swimming in the pool. It being winter the neighborhood pool is closed. And I've made that clear. For weeks. We do have a Y but the cost is prohibitive. Well he slept through the night :)

However on first awakening he said, "Are we going going to the pool Daddy"? "I want to go swimming!" All delivered with his great big cheery smile. Me thinks I need to get a Y membership. What the hell, a little deeper in debt.

title="comment permalink">January 03, 2008 9:24 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

How shocking to hear. I wonder what the full story is. Was the child in the care of the Y, or was a parent nearby? If the child couldn't swim, why was she in over her head?

I pray the girl doesn't have any long lasting effects, such as brain damage.

title="comment permalink">January 03, 2008 10:42 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I have to wonder, when you have 33 young children swimming, if one or two lifeguards are enough. It doesn't take much for an 8 year old to lose control while swimming. Thank God she was discovered soon enough.

title="comment permalink">January 04, 2008 12:22 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

Thank goodness the lifeguards got to her in time.

title="comment permalink">January 04, 2008 9:30 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Human - Sometimes Dads just have to do what Dads have to do!

Stan - It was the holiday camp; 33 kids. It's generally VERY well supervised.

Mary Ellen - We've never had any issues there. Both girls have taken swim lessons there over the last year (as have I and Stan).

Parson - Hopefully she's going to be okay; I've heard nothing further.

title="comment permalink">January 04, 2008 9:40 PM  
Blogger girlzmom said...

Hey all... this is the mom of the little girl who had the near drowning accident at the ymca in January!

I just wanted to let everyone know she is doing ok. However most recently we have been noticing some late affect injurys, in regards to her cognitive and memory functioning. She is going through some testing next week.

I wanted to answer a few of the questions that I saw on the blogs.

She was not found by the Life guards...her sister found her in the bottom of the pool and yelled out for help. At that point she was "technically" dead. Every area in her lungs was completely saturated with water. I have been told that it takes quite a while for that to occur.

She tells a amazing story about "where" she went during that time. She says she was in Heaven with The angel Gabriel, watching everything.

If anyone would like to talk more about this let me know. Have a great weekend.

Oh, she was at the Y for Childcare/Camp. They were "supposed" to be watching her. I was not there, if I had been this would not have happened!!!!!!

title="comment permalink">July 11, 2008 8:11 PM  

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