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Misadventure - boy who died after nearly drowning in condo pool
Elena Chong
Thu, Jan 17, 2008
The Straits Times

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy died more than a month after he nearly drowned in the swimming pool of a private condominium.

Sim Bohr Tek had gone with his parents to a Chinese New Year gathering at The Lincoln Modern at Lincoln Road, off Keng Lee Road, on Feb 25 last year.

There was a barbeque party held at the poolside of the condo.

A coroner's inquiry on Thursday heard that the boy was last seen on the walkway at the poolside chatting with three other children at about 8.55pm that day.

At that time, the boy's mother, Madam Cheong Huey Fang, 40, a pre-school teacher, was packing her things at the barbeque area as the party was moving up to her friend's apartment. However, she could not see her son as her view was blocked by a pillar.

Five minutes later, she assumed that he had gone up to her friend's apartment.

It was only after her husband asked where he was that a search was conducted.

As Madam Cheong was walking to the barbeque area, she saw her son floating in the pool nearer to the right end. The left end of the pool is about 1.17m and 0.75m on the right.

She immediately pulled him up and performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on him but he remained unresponsive.

The boy was taken to Thomson Medical Centre and transferred to KK Women's and Children's Hospital the next day. He died on April 2 from bronchopneumonia following the near drowning.

State Coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure on his death.

 

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