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Toddler revived after near-drowning in Island Park

There are 60 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 12, 2008, titled Toddler revived after near-drowning in Island Park. In it, Newsday reports that:

A 17-month-old boy visiting relatives in Island Park was in stable but critical condition Saturday after he was discovered face down in a pool in the yard, Nassau police said.

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your all brainwashed

Orlando, FL

#1 Jul 12, 2008
wow this is like once a day now
sunny

New York, NY

#2 Jul 12, 2008
thank God!

“There's Only One ME!”

Since: Mar 08

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#3 Jul 12, 2008
The article states: "A 17-month-old boy visiting relatives...... The boy, whose name wasn't released, had been missing for about five minutes when his mother found him.... He had been unconscious and had no pulse........

Without judgement or blame, can someone answer the following Top 10 Questions:

10. How many relatives where there?
9. How many Adults?
8. How many Children?
7. How old were the children?
6. What was the occasion for the visit?
5. Was the visit inside or outside?
4. Who was timing how long he was missing?
3. How long was he laying at the bottom of the pool?
2. WHY WAS THIS CHILD NEAR A POOL WITHOUT A LIFE JACKET ON?

and the #1 Question:

1. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THIS CHILD????

When do drownings STOP being accidents? How many more children must die before they are considered NEGLECT?

God Bless This Child!!

“There's Only One ME!”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#4 Jul 12, 2008
Before anyone posts correcting me that the child didn't die, I realize that. Ask yourselves, how damaged is his brain from the lack of oxygen??? What will his quality of life be now?
Seriously

Springfield, VA

#5 Jul 12, 2008
Shouldn't #9 be broken down into ones with no brains and ones with half a brain?
Mom of 2

New York, NY

#6 Jul 12, 2008
I just showed my husband the recent articles about drownings and near drownings just from this past week and told him This is why I got angry with him for NOT watching our 7 yr old daughter at the public pool today. I arrived to see him walking around while my daughter was swimming in the large pool. Mind you, she is a very very good swimmer, and yes, there were many life guards who are very aware of what is going on, but all it takes is a minute for an accident to occur. I NEVER leave it up to the lifeguards to babysit my child, it is not their job. If I need to use the bathroom I either take her with me or have a friend watch her. If I am hungry, again, she goes with me. Parents need to be more responsible and vigilant.
Libra

Amityville, NY

#7 Jul 12, 2008
I am sorry that this poor child had to go through this, but what on earth is going on here? Every day at LEAST one person has drowned in a pool on Long Island! Does not person one learn from this? Does not one person think to be more careful if they have a pool? Does it have to get to a point where people will become criminally liable for these "accidents"? I don't know what else to say - but this is extremely frightening.
Mother of Young Children

Long Beach, NY

#8 Jul 12, 2008
This must stop!! Why is this happening every other day? You must have a fence around your pool and someone has to be watching the child at all times - How difficult is this??? I have a pool and 2 young child and I don't have a problem with this. All the laws in the world will not make a difference ... it's the parents who will make the difference between life and death for their child.
Its your job

Port Washington, NY

#9 Jul 12, 2008
Of course it's the parents fault. Put the blame where it belongs. It is their responsibility to constantly watch their child especially if there is a pool around. Parents, watch your children!
Suffolk County Resident

Deer Park, NY

#10 Jul 13, 2008
Informed Poster wrote:
The article states: "A 17-month-old boy visiting relatives...... The boy, whose name wasn't released, had been missing for about five minutes when his mother found him.... He had been unconscious and had no pulse........
Without judgement or blame, can someone answer the following Top 10 Questions:
10. How many relatives where there?
9. How many Adults?
8. How many Children?
7. How old were the children?
6. What was the occasion for the visit?
5. Was the visit inside or outside?
4. Who was timing how long he was missing?
3. How long was he laying at the bottom of the pool?
2. WHY WAS THIS CHILD NEAR A POOL WITHOUT A LIFE JACKET ON?
and the #1 Question:
1. WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THIS CHILD????
When do drownings STOP being accidents? How many more children must die before they are considered NEGLECT?
God Bless This Child!!
My thoughts exactly. I could not have said it better.
upset aunt

Valley Stream, NY

#11 Jul 13, 2008
thanks to everybody for your comments, and please take care of your kids...
the baby is stable but we just have to wait.
it was just an accident, nobody's fault so please don't judge us but support us. thanks again!!!!
Accidents Happen

Oakhurst, NJ

#12 Jul 13, 2008
Its your job wrote:
Of course it's the parents fault. Put the blame where it belongs. It is their responsibility to constantly watch their child especially if there is a pool around. Parents, watch your children!
Those of you placing blame on the parents should be ashamed of yourselves. Think about the anguish and pain that they are already experiencing.How dare any of you pass judgment on them: Way to be so heartless!! Do you honestly think that any parent would want to experience such a tragedy. Think about the other main members of the family. For instance, perhaps a sibling of age who may have had the responsibility to watch the children. There isn't enough information to determine who is at fault.
For the Kooks writing on this forum, I'm sure when the ethnicity of the family is released, many of you will probably attribute the parents "negligence" to it.
The article provides such little information about what occurred, but you all feel entitled to crucify the parents. Show some compassion!

“There's Only One ME!”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#13 Jul 13, 2008
Accidents Happen wrote:
<quoted text>
Those of you placing blame on the parents should be ashamed of yourselves. Think about the anguish and pain that they are already experiencing.How dare any of you pass judgment on them: Way to be so heartless!! Do you honestly think that any parent would want to experience such a tragedy. Think about the other main members of the family. For instance, perhaps a sibling of age who may have had the responsibility to watch the children. There isn't enough information to determine who is at fault.
For the Kooks writing on this forum, I'm sure when the ethnicity of the family is released, many of you will probably attribute the parents "negligence" to it.
The article provides such little information about what occurred, but you all feel entitled to crucify the parents. Show some compassion!
I will save my compassion for this poor child!!

“say what you mean...”

Since: Nov 07

and mean what you say.

#14 Jul 13, 2008
Libra wrote:
I am sorry that this poor child had to go through this, but what on earth is going on here? Every day at LEAST one person has drowned in a pool on Long Island! Does not person one learn from this? Does not one person think to be more careful if they have a pool? Does it have to get to a point where people will become criminally liable for these "accidents"? I don't know what else to say - but this is extremely frightening.
i guess people don't think this will ever happen to them or theirs...it's just too sad that they don't learn from all of these stories. it's very simple, be responsible and watch your kids.
GIMME A BREAK

Amityville, NY

#15 Jul 13, 2008
How many more children will be hurt or die from drowning before EACH and EVERT parent will realize THIS CAN happen to me?????
Seriously

Springfield, VA

#16 Jul 13, 2008
GIMME A BREAK wrote:
How many more children will be hurt or die from drowning before EACH and EVERT parent will realize THIS CAN happen to me?????
I don't know. How many more days are there in the summer swimming season? Years ago, two drownings in a summer were actually an anomaly and absolutely horrifying to think that they even occurred. Now, it's a weekly event.
Suffolk County Resident

Deer Park, NY

#17 Jul 13, 2008
Parents need to be watching their children at all times around swimming areas (not just backyard pools).
This was an unfortunate accident.
However, with a little foresight & a little common-sense this was most probably preventable.
__________
Hopefully this child will recover 100%, and when he grows up will be able to forgive the parents for being too busy (with whatever) to properly watch him.
The parents are most probably rethinking their every move that day.
__________
Maybe some other family will learn from this potentially fatal accident.
Michelle RN

Wassaic, NY

#18 Jul 13, 2008
I trust no one else to watch my children when there is a pool or body of water around. NO ONE,My husband was seriously injured during a family reunion.I had to go to the hospital with my husband because at the time it was life or death.I had to leave my children with a bunch of family members who were drinking all day and had absolutely had no clue the seriousness of the whole situation. The house was literally surrounded by ocean.I was so sick over that for the longest time.I wish this family and baby well.
Suffolk County Resident

Deer Park, NY

#19 Jul 13, 2008
All children should be taught how to swim when they are toddlers (or sooner i.e.-Waterbabies).
__________
Every pool should have safety devices, first-aid supplies, a properly configured fence that automatically closes & locks (a simple spring mechanism will work) & an alarm.
In addition to proper supervision.
________
Yes.........these things will cost some $$$, but we have seen the alternative WAY too many times this summer.
NYStateOfMind

Ridgewood, NY

#20 Jul 13, 2008
Accidents Happen wrote:
<quoted text>
Those of you placing blame on the parents should be ashamed of yourselves. Think about the anguish and pain that they are already experiencing.How dare any of you pass judgment on them: Way to be so heartless!! Do you honestly think that any parent would want to experience such a tragedy. Think about the other main members of the family. For instance, perhaps a sibling of age who may have had the responsibility to watch the children. There isn't enough information to determine who is at fault.
For the Kooks writing on this forum, I'm sure when the ethnicity of the family is released, many of you will probably attribute the parents "negligence" to it.
The article provides such little information about what occurred, but you all feel entitled to crucify the parents. Show some compassion!
With all due respect, it's very difficult for me to show immediate compassion for any parent when this sort of thing happens...

A child, regardless of ethnicity, is our society's most precious resource. The parents have the obligation when bringing a child into this world to protect that child from compromise at all times...

Accidents happen is an unfortunate way to explain this away...

My thoughts are with the child. I sincerely hope the child has a long, natural. and productive life ahead...

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