As parents and child injury attorneys, we care deeply for the safety of our children. In 2007, there were 3,443 fatal drowning accidents, an average of 10 deaths a day (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 6/7/10). Luckily for one Goodyear family, their son was saved from a fatal drowning accident thanks to the quick actions of a few lifeguards.
On Wednesday night, a 12 year old boy was swimming with his friends in the YMCA pool when one of his friends noticed he was unconscious (AZ Republic via AZ Central 9/30/10). A bystander and a lifeguard got the boy out of the water and the lifeguard performed CPR and other safety procedures. Shortly after, he regained consciousness and started talking again. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution. A Goodyear fire spokesman reminds everyone to never hesitate to call 911 emergency services in an event such as this, even if the victim seems to have recovered. It can’t be known if there are other injuries to the heart or brain without a full examination by a doctor.
It is in stories such as this that we are reminded how important it is for parents and others to be trained in how to administer CPR. CPR saved this boy’s life. Drowning is a real threat for children, causing almost 30% of deaths of children aged 1 to 4 years old in 2007 and remaining the second leading cause of death for all children ages 1 to 14 years old (CDC 6/7/10). If you are interested in becoming CPR certified to protect your family members and friends, you can find more information about classes by calling the American Heart Association at (877) 242-4277.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a drowning accident caused by a negligent party, you may deserve compensation. Call us today for a free, informative, and thorough consultation at (480) 753-4534.