Lafayette mother sharing story, advice after son's near drowning

A Lafayette mother is sharing her story after her two-year-old son nearly drowned in a personal pool. She says she doesn't want anyone else to face what she did, and wants people to be equipped with what to do.

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 12:47 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2018 6:40 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette mother is sharing her story after her two-year-old son nearly drowned in a personal pool.

She said she doesn't want anyone else to face what she did and wants people to be equipped with what to do.


"I just glanced away and looked back and didn't see him," said Megan Thornburg. "Instantly just sheer terror."

Thornburg's two-year-old son Banks had taken his floaties off at a pool earlier this summer. He was playing near it with four adults around him when he fell in reaching for a toy.

"My mother-in-law pulled him out and he was blue around his lips and nose," said Thornburg. "It was just really fast."

She wants others to know the drowning "scene" you may think of, isn't what always happens. In this instance, it was silent.

"I've always thought the misconception that drowning would be loud and there would be commotion and splashing; that I would know if my child fell in the water and I was this close to them," said Thornburg.

If you're at home and you see someone struggling, lifeguards have simple steps to follow.

"Start CPR right away," said Tropicanoe Cove lifeguard Marcus Colston." "If it's a small child and they came out of the water, start rescue breaths first because it is a respiratory issue. If it's an adult laying on a lawn chair, you want to start chest compressions first because it's most likely a cardiac issue."

"In hindsight, I had CPR training years ago but I don't know that I could confidently administer it," said Thornburg. "That needs to be something that every parent is confident in. Thankfully, this story has a good ending and he's okay. But we will never forget this, and that's important. But we want for him to."

The American Red Cross offers weekly CPR classes in Lafayette. Click here to find out more information.

You can watch Megan and Banks' full story tonight on News 18 at 6.

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