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6-Year-Old Fighting For His Life After Near Drowning

6-Year-Old Fighting For His Life After Near Drowning

CREATED Jul 16, 2014
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – A 6-year-old boy from White House has been fighting for his life after being found at the bottom of a pool at a summer day camp in Goodlettsville.

Michael Sloan has been in the pediatric intensive care unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville since the near-drowning on Friday, July 11.

After lunch, the children were allowed back in the shallow end of the pool.

His father, PJ Sloan, posted on Facebook that “Michael was swimming… at camp as they do every week. They had been in the water for about five minutes when they saw Michael on the bottom of the pool in shallow water. They immediately pulled him out, started CPR, and called 911. The Goodlettsville Police arrived quickly and paramedics continued CPR and took him down here to Vandy.”

Police continue to investigate, but said it appeared to be an accident. They said students had adult supervision and they performed CPR until medics arrived.

“Nobody knows exactly what caused it but they turned around and saw him at the bottom of the pool,” said PJ.

Since then, PJ has posted several updates on his son’s condition – including that he was in a neck brace and was battling a fever. On Monday, he posted that they were able to get his fever under control and he has been breathing on his own.

A Tuesday morning post said the neck brace had been removed, but Michael has “been having ‘episodes’ since [Monday] afternoon. They are currently monitoring him with an EEG machine so they can monitor his brain waves to see what is causing the movement. They have to figure out if it is seizures or if he is making deliberate movements.”

Doctors gave the family a less than optimistic prognosis.

“He may not improve anymore. He had a lot of brain damage from being underwater, and we don't know what the… what the outcome of that is going to be,” said PJ. “Michael's stubborn enough, he's not going to listen to the doctors, I don't think.”

PJ Sloan said his son loves to go to Vanderbilt football games as well as Predators hockey games, and he feels like he may have taken those things for granted.

His most recent post on Facebook said, in part:

“All I know is that there is nothing Dad can do… I am supposed to be the one that fixes stuff. Weather [sic] it's his four wheeler, bike or soccer ball. I can't fix this. I don't know if we will get the real Michael back or not. I always took things like going to a Preds game, a Vandy game, or riding roller coasters as something that we would always do together and now I face the possibility of that not being the case.”

Friends, family and even strangers are rallying around the Sloan family.

A couple of days after Michael was hospitalized, a friend started a GoFundMe site to raise money for Michael’s expenses. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than $4,660 of the $5,000 goal had been raised.

PJ Sloan said he all the support and kind gestures helped ease the enormous pain that has set in, but nothing in the world mattered as much as Michael.

“I'd give it all up to have my son back. I'll go live in a card board box if I have to, if I could do it with him,” said PJ.

Michael’s father said he doesn't blame the employees at the day camp. In fact, he said they have spent almost as much time at the hospital as he has.

Michael may have to go to Atlanta for rehabilitation.

For more information on how to help: http://www.gofundme.com/bi4b1c .