Usher's Son Almost Drowns in Accident That Could've Happened to Any Parent

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Usher and Usher Raymond VIt's so many parents' biggest summer nightmare: Your child is being watched by someone else, playing in a pool, something unexpected happens, and they end up in the hospital. For Usher, this became a reality yesterday. Usher's son, Usher Raymond V, is currently at an Atlanta hospital in the ICU after a very serious, scary incident in the pool Monday.

According to TMZ, Usher Raymond V was enjoying some pool time with his aunt when he saw a toy in the drain, dove down to try to snag it, and got stuck. Both his aunt and the maid tried to rescue him but were unsuccessful. Luckily, two men working inside the house heard their screams and were able to jump in and free the 5-year-old. After he was given CPR, the poor little boy was rushed to the hospital with his dad (who arrived soon after the incident) by his side.

Thankfully, doctors say that Usher Raymond V is going to be just fine. I can only imagine how his father's feeling right about now.

Hands down, this is something that can happen in any family. While summer is about having fun, splashing around, and enjoying time with loved ones -- it's important to be safe and aware. Plain and simple: There's no such thing as being too careful. Especially when it comes to swimming, too. Usher Raymond V is very lucky his aunt was paying close attention.

With all this said, it's important that Usher doesn't get too down on himself about the whole thing. What's done is done. It's no one's fault. It was 100 percent an accident, and his son is going to be just fine. All they can do now as a family is make sure to open up a constructive dialogue. Talk about pool safety. Talk about other potential dangerous situations. As a father, it's Usher's responsibility to educate his kiddos of the dos and don'ts. A responsibility I'm sure he hasn't taken lightly in the past and most definitely won't in the future.

Are you happy to hear Usher's son's going to be just fine? Have you or anyone you know ever dealt with a similar situation?


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kelti... kelticmom

How scary! And wasn't his ex wife"s son killed in a water accident as well? Pool drains have always scared me to death. I won't get anywhere near one.

nonmember avatar Dawn

Where is the supervision in this family? His step-son drowned in a jet-ski accident and now his son almost drowns in the pool? Come on people, water is dangerous! If you are playing in water, you need constant supervision and someone who knows how to swim in attendance!

the4m... the4mutts

Normally when you authors say "could happen to anyone", I laugh in your computer faces. Usually y'all talk about negligence scenarios like forgetting kids in the car, as "it could happen to anyone".

This though? Yeah, this could happen to anyone. I am glad for their whole family that things turned out well. Pools are scary places, despite how awesome they are. Glad an adult was paying close attention.

jrphelps jrphelps

Usher's son HAD supervision & it is scary.  I started my son in swim lessons & he is 2.  Another mother was speaking & I was still standing in the wading area & hadn't sat down in the water next to my son yet.  I took my eyes off of him for less than 5 seconds to look at the other mother that was speaking.  Looked back down & my son had slipped under the water.  I was RIGHT there.  RIGHT next to him.  It took less than 5 seconds.  Obviously he is ok but a scary lesson learned the hard way.

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

He HAD supervision. He was with his Aunt.

nonmember avatar Jess

His stepson was hit by a jet ski if I remember correctly...sounds like a freak accident to me more then it has to do with supervision... Just sayin

Dede Brown Duncan

In July 2005, I was in a pool at our beach club with my 6 and 7 1/2 year old daughters and my son was playing on the beach with friends.  All of a sudden, another mom jumped into the pool and started screaming for the lifeguard.  I went over to help, only then realizing that it was my 3 1/2 year old son that I was helping, limp as a rag doll and blue.  I thank God every day that my oldest was a preemie with severe apnea so I knew infant and child CPR and heimlich.  My son is now nearly 11 years old and an awesome swimmer and, most importantly, still here.  It can happen in an instant.  Anyone who is blaming parents or caregivers is simply uninformed or misguided or, worse, just plain stupid and looking to fan flames that just do not exist.

Brenette Brown

That is soo scary!!! I just had flash back fromwhen I was 11 and my 2 year old sister jumped in the pool with out a foaty!! And she had ran right past my mom. I was on the other side of the pool and when I turn all I saw was her running into the pool!!! I got soo scared, but I acted fast and dove in to get her. Thankfully I am a fast swimmer because when I got to her she was more than half way down the pool. I hurried up and pulled her up by her hair because I was soo frantic I didn't take a deep breath properly before diving in. Scariest moment of my life!! Now with my children, I have them in floaties and I NEVER take my eyes off them while at the pool. But I just don't get how 2 adults couldn't get him out the water themselves? Can they not swim,? Thankfully there were workers there to save the day.

Dede Brown Duncan

Brenette Brown:  The child's arm was stuck in the suction of the pool drain.  It took two workmen who happened to be at the house to free the child.

Sandy Olson

Yes I am happy he is going to be okay and God bless his aunt and the men who ran out and rescued him, When I was just going into high school, we were swimming at the beach with a lifeguard on duty, our newschool administrator's son drowned right off the end of the dock and was found when someone stepped on him. Unfortunately they were unable to revive him :(


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