tolliewilliams (tolliewilliams) wrote in lifeguarding,

Check your drains

This is an unsual - and freakish - story. You've heard about kids getting trapped on drains before, and that's sad, but at least if it's a guarded pool, it's entirely possible that a guard will rescue them before it's too late. What I've never heard of is the drain... well, read the clip below. Warning: it's a bit unsettling.

From: NBC6 and KARE11
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 6-year-old girl from Edina, Minn., survived after sitting over an open drain in a wading pool and having most of her small intestine sucked out of her body. According to WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, the girl's father, Scott Taylor, said the suction from the uncovered drain ripped a two-inch tear in her rectum and "basically disemboweled her by pulling out her small intestine, almost all of it.
Her mom says Abbey somehow pulled herself off the drain and out of the pool before collapsing into the deep end of the regular pool.
"She'll basically be on an I.V. That's how she'll receive all of her nutrition based on the fact that her small intestines are gone. She can't process food," Taylor said.
Taylor is talking to reporters to make sure other parents and pool owners are aware of the dangers lurking at the bottom of pools. Taylor's lawyer says a missing drain cover may be what caused this incomprehensible accident.
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