(WCTV) — About one in five people who die from drowning are children aged 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for non-fatal submersion injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For one family in Tallahassee there is hope.
“He was above where he was supposed to be,” said Cassandra Archey. “Very intelligent. Very outgoing.” Cassandra was talking about her son, Noah, who according to his grandmother, has always loved the water. However, life for Noah changed on July 11, when he nearly drowned while on vacation in Texas. His parents were not present.
“It was a pretty rough start. They didn’t have very high hopes for him,” Cassandra said. “They didn’t think he would do anything. That he would be a vegetable.”
Noah was reportedly without oxygen for about 10 minutes and, as a result, suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was left confined to a wheelchair with a feeding tube and seemed to be mentally “cloudy.”
The family eventually learned of another situation that would be life changing. However, this time it would be for the better. CONTINUE