Friday, August 6, 2010

Family Has New Mission after Son Nearly Drowns

In the news today: The Shores family of Mesa, Arizona was trying to do everything right when it came to protecting their kids around water.

They say they never let their children around the pool without supervision, and they were teaching their two-year-old to swim. However, the one thing they waited to get was a swimming pool fence.

The couple, who have two other children, were inside talking when their two-year-old slipped away and got right into the pool.

The next thing they recall seeing is the water rippling.

The mother of three jumped in and pulled the child out, but her CPR wasn't effective, so her husband took over.

"Within maybe 10 to 15 compressions and 30 breaths he finally came to," he said. "It was the best sound in the world."

Paramedics and firefighters took the child to the hospital but he's now fully recovered.

Out of this near drowning has come a new mission for the Shores family about the dangers of pools and not having a pool fence.

"You can never be too safe," says Melissa Shores. "Get a pool fence and if you have a pool, learn CPR."

At the time the Shores didn't have a pool fence. They were just five days from getting one.

"We received the gift of life, that's priceless for us to give back to the community. If we can prevent one family from going through what we've gone through we've done everything possible," Scott Shores said.

The family has teamed up with Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.

Anyone who donates a a new packaged toy, book or money on August 14th will get $3 off car washes at Classic Car Spa locations in Goodyear, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona.

Read the full article here.

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