After losing her two-year-old daughter in a home pool
drowning in 2017, Chantal Kerlin is sharing her story to
encourage parents to educate themselves around pool
“Owning a pool comes with huge responsibility.
Just like wearing a seat belt in a car, if you have a pool
you need to have all the safety checks in place including a
compliant pool barrier and gate”—Chantal
Starship Children’s Health director Dr Mike
Shepherd says that even if children survive drownings, they
can suffer life-long problems.
“At least once a month a
child is sustaining a brain injury as result of
drowning—some kill kids, some leave kids brain damaged
with life-long problems, and the lucky ones escape without
injury,” he says.
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