Toddler dies in hospital, 10 days after falling into family pool
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Toddler dies in hospital, 10 days after falling into family pool

18-month-old boy from southern town of Netivot pronounced dead in Soroka Medical Center; 10 children have drowned in Israel this year

Illustrative: a pool in Eilat, February 15, 2018.(Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Illustrative: a pool in Eilat, February 15, 2018.(Hadas Parush/Flash90)

An 18-month-old who was found unresponsive in a family pool late last month died on Thursday night at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

The boy apparently fell into the pool on July 29, after wandering outside his family’s home in the southern town of Netivot.

His mother, a swimming teacher, was inside with four other children when she noticed his absence, the Ynet news site reported.

Family members found the boy underwater several minutes later. His mother began administering emergency first aid until Magen David Adom emergency services arrived and rushed him to the hospital.

Since 2008, 204 children in Israel have drowned, including three last month and 10 this year, according to the Beterem – Safe Kids Israel nonprofit. Around half of the drownings have occurred in the home environment .

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