Spike In Accidental Child Drownings Seen As Epidemic

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW) – Two North Texas medical centers described a spike in accidental child drownings this summer as an epidemic. Halfway through the deadliest time of the year for drownings, at least 11 children have died in the region, and dozens more have been hospitalized.

Children’s Health in Dallas said it treated at least 15 children involved in drowning events during the last two weeks of June. Cook Children’s in Fort Worth posted online it had 26 cases in June, double the number from last year.

Jamie Pelletier, an injury prevention expert at Children’s Health, said what is reported is just a fraction of what’s actually happening.

“Because what we see here and what is reported to the state typically are the worst case scenarios,” she said. “Someone has died from a drowning event or they have required CPR on scene.”

Pelletier said…

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