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article imageAccidental Drowning Deaths Among Children Disturbing

By Debra Myers     Jul 19, 2008 in Health
In a recent barrage of headlining stories, the incidences of accidental drownings of infants and children is on the rise. In a bit less than two weeks, there's been a handful of preventable drownings that have occurred in the northern United States.
New York - The cases of drowning deaths that have shown up in the news within the last couple of weeks is astounding. Last week, Cynthia told us about the alarming number of children that die annually from drowning deaths. Even with all the information and laws out there, nothing seems to be stopping these preventable deaths.
July 19 - Last night, a 1-year old little boy was pulled from a pool in Greece, NY and was unresponsive to efforts to revive him. A nurse, who was visiting at the house next to the home of the little boy, heard his screams and went to help. She provided CPR until the paramedics came. He was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital.
July 19 - In Middlesex County in NJ, the death of a 14-year old girl that had been found at the bottom of an apartment complex pool, was ruled accidental. Her father had reported her missing the day before Sidra Chaudhry's body was found.
July 15 - A 14-year old teen was found and pulled from a pool after having been reported missing, in Ridgewood, NJ. The teen was from South Korea, here to visit relatives. Efforts to revive him failed and he was reported dead at Valley Hospital.
July 14 - In Island Park, NY, a 17-month old toddler was pulled from a pool after being found face down. Police said that on their arrival the toddler wasn't breathing and had no detectable pulse. He was revived at Long Beach Hospital.
July 13 - 16-year old William "Will" Berky was found in his backyard pool, in Portsmouth, NH. CPR was administered but he later died at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Berky was a star on the 2004 state champion Portsmouth Little League All-Stars.
According to the statistics six people drown in pools nationally every day. Many in pools where lifeguards are present. Drowning is the 4th leading cause of accidental death in the United States, claiming 4,000 lives annually. Approximately one-third are children under the age of 14.
How fast can a child drown? In the time that it takes to answer a phone! A child is 14 times more likely to drown than be involved in a vehicular accident. The highest drowning rates are for children under 5 and teens between the ages of 15-24.
For every single child that has drowned, 4 more are put into the hospital for almost drowning. An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to near-drownings each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability.
Very sobering information.
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