Granger Smith Share Video On Selling House & Drowning Prevention Tips

AUSTIN, TEXAS - JUNE 25: Granger Smith and Amber Smith visit Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas to present a donation in memory of their son, River Kelly Smith on June 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)
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AUSTIN, TEXAS - JUNE 25: Granger Smith and Amber Smith visit Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas to present a donation in memory of their son, River Kelly Smith on June 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Credit: Rick Kern

Credit: Rick Kern

It’s been over 2 months since Granger Smith & his family lost their youngest family member in a tragic accident. Their 3 year old son River drowned in the pool at their house and the couple posted a YouTube video updating  fans on how they are doing. Granger and his wife have decided to sell their house to a loving family and move to a new home. Also, in the video, they shared some drowning prevention tips to educate other families on how to protect their loved one. Our hearts are with the Smith family and we are continually praying for their entire family.

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We haven’t spoken much on drowning since the accident. We have focused more on loving those around you and living life the best you can while we are here on Earth. My heart is pulling me to speak now. For one, I wasn’t educated on drowning and how it’s the number one cause of death for children 1-4 years old. And statistically, more little boys drown than girls. Most drownings happen during NON SWIM TIMES, when little kids aren’t supposed to be around the pool, but somehow sneak away undetected (which means they are typically fully clothed, diaper and all, adding weight to their bodies). It takes under 30 seconds for a child to drown. It is QUICK and SILENT. We’ve read as quick as 6 seconds. Brain damage can occur from lack of oxygen in as little as 4 minutes, if you don’t get the heartbeat and breathing back from CPR. In our case, we were on the phone with 911, doing CPR, for 10 minutes before they arrived. He was almost brain dead before we left for the hospital, even though they got the heartbeat back at about 12 minutes. I’ve had people reach out to me, moms, grandmothers, dads, asking what they can do to help prevent this. —— While we are still learning, here are some things we would recommend - ***Infant survival classes - teaches them survival techniques, so they can possibly roll on their backs if they should fall in. ***Install a 4sided pool gate, with a lock. ***Get a second lock. ***Get a pool alarm. ***Don’t keep toys in the pool area, as kids are curious and may try to get in to reach toys. ***Learn CPR ***Enroll in swim lessons earlier ***Puddle jumpers lead to a false sense of security in the water ———- Remember that even with preparation, the unthinkable can happen. We aren’t always in control. Mostly, love your children like crazy. Be present with them. You never know what life will bring your way. This can happen to ANYONE - to good, loving, attentive parents. We thought we were prepared with lessons, pool gates and locks but it wasn’t enough. Thank you all for your continued prayers, love and support during this time. I hope we can help at least one person with this info. ❤️💔#livelikeriv

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