Father Keeps Drowning Son Alive With Underwater Breaths
July 21, 2006
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Imagine spending your vacation in the hospital.One New Jersey family vacationing in Central Florida had to do just that after their son nearly drowned in a hotel hot tub last week, WESH 2 News reported. Doctors said Aljuwon Pipkin, 14, is lucky to be alive. Pipkin and his brother went swimming in the spa at the Radisson Hotel in Kissimmee. "We were going down there to swim, like to have fun, me and my brother," Pipkin said. Officials said the kids were playing and broke the grate over the water intake in the hot tub. Pipkin sat on the drain and was sucked under the water. "I just remember going down there, then blacking out and waking up in the hospital," he said. "I was scared. I didn't know what was going on, but I was happy my father was at the door." He was underwater for 10 minutes, until his father helped save his life. "I was probably 50 feet when I heard the call, my oldest son called me," Sharif Pipkin said. "I heard him holler frantically. I ran over there and I seen him in the pool pulling saying he's not coming up. I jumped in immediately to grab my boy." His dad actually helped keep him alive until help could arrive. "I was going under the water to give him air when he was down there, but his mouth was closed and I had to clench them open to blow in his breath," his father said. It took emergency crews several minutes to finally free him because the suction was too strong.
Doctors expect the boy to make a full recovery.