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Near Drowning Injuries Can Present Permanent Lifelong Challenges for Child and Parents

By Sara J. Powell, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Arizona and other states, children are the unfortunate victims of drownings. Some die from the drownings. Many others suffer brain damage and other injuries that can last a life time. Many people are mistaken to believe that the survival from a drowning means that there are no future problems. For parents like Angie Thomas, it is quite a different story. Her son, Ryan Thomas, was a normal 2 year old boy who loved to play. One day, Ryan got over a wall and into a neighbor’s pool. Ryan suffered a near drowning incident that left him with medical problems and complications that are still being treated to this day. Ryan, who is now 5 years old, is enrolled in special education kindergarten class and receives therapy for the injuries related to the near drowning incident.

While near drowning and drowning accidents / incidents can happen, it is important for parents and those responsible for the supervision of children to put safety measures in place to prevent these incidents from taking place. If a child is near to any body of water, supervision is key because, in some cases, the curious child can get over or around a barrier and into the water.

You can read more about the challenges of injuries caused by near drowning incidents at Dealing with Injuries from Near Drowning Incidents.