Besides being every parent's nightmare come true, the death of a 6-year-old boy at an amusement park swimming pool in Pennsylvania Wednesday also raises many questions. The primary one being, of course, how could his tragic death been prevented?
As of now, the details of the accident, which occurred in the Crystal Pool at Knoebels Amusement Park, are murky at best. According to many reports, including one from the boy's mother and stepfather, the 6-year-old drowned after diving into the pool in the shallow end and striking his head on the bottom.
However, a statement on the Knoebels' official website reads a little differently:
A tragedy occurred at Knoebels' Crystal Pool early afternoon of July 6th. A young boy was seen under the water. Upon rescue, guards immediately began CPR. Initial reports indicated that he had hit his head. We later learned that no head injury was involved. He was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center. We are deeply saddened to report that the child has passed away. Please join the Knoebel families in placing the child's family and friends in your prayers.
Obviously, there are many questions still to be answered surrounding the death. What is clear, of course, is that this is a terribly sad story and a reminder to all parents of the potential dangers associated with amusement parks and swimming pools, especially during the summer months.
It's tempting to desperately search for a silver lining in times of tragedy and this story actually has one: The boy's mother said she will donate her son's tissue, corneas, and heart valves, so that perhaps another child can benefit from his loss. And, since the announcement of his death, there has been an outpouring of sympathy, prayers, and support for the family from hundreds and hundreds of people on Knoebels' Facebook page ... see for yourself.
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