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Old 07-05-2007, 12:50 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS — A six-year-old girl has been hospitalized after a horrifying accident at a swimming pool, when she sat on an open drain and a powerful suction pump tore out part of her intestinal tract. A surgeon told the family Wednesday that part of her intestines had been lost.Abigail Taylor was severely injured Tuesday when she sat over an open drain hole in a wading pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club, according to a posting by her family on the Caring Bridge Web site.The posting, which has since been taken down, said it is a "medical miracle" that Taylor is still alive.Taylor is listed in serious condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Bob Bennett, an attorney representing the family, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press she was conscious and able to speak late Tuesday but that she faces a series of surgeries with uncertain results.Bennett alleged that the swimming pool's drain hole was improperly uncovered. An official at the golf club expressed sympathy for the family and said he didn't think anything was wrong with the pool, but referred questions to the club's attorney, who declined to comment.Poor girl!
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Yikes.......sitting and tore out part of her intestinal tract and being a female, surprised to hear some of her lady parts weren't damaged as well..........poor thing! Sure hope Taylor doesn't have to live a life with a colostomy.
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This is not the first time a child has been killed or seriously maimed simply because of a poorly designed pool drain. The pool manufacture should be taken to the woodshed on this one, and made to bleed money through the nose for what they are responsible for doing to this poor child.
It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to design a pool drain that will absolutely guarantee that something like this will never happen again.
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Glad I never sat on my pool drain! I heard of this before but always thought it was an urban legend... I guess it DOES happen!

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Too bad for the child. Older pool drain covers had openings in the top allowing the potential for this to happen. Newer pool drain covers are solid on the top, and draw from around the periphery. Trouble is, there was never any impetus to replace all of the old style covers. For those of you that have older pools you may want to check yours. Actually, this kid was lucky - the old style drain covers are capable of holding a small child underwater if they put their foot over the openings. Shame
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coastboater - 7/5/2007 6:13 ........................Trouble is, there was never any impetus to replace all of the old style covers...................................
I thought John Edward's multimillion dollar lawsuit was pretty good impetus.
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the new pool drains are a grate about 14 inches square......the actual drain itself is a pipe(anywhere from 3-6 inches diameter) located around 9 inches below the grate, thats what is being used here in north carolina, and its the only acceptable design that i know of......i dont see anyway that a person could be possibly trapped by this design.......the grate frame is cememented into the bottom of the pool/spa and has stainless steel screws that mount the grate itself into the frame.............every pool is inspected and passed/failed just like any other inspection process before the pool can be "open for business".......

i would ask that you (beuford t justice) get all the facts before spewing out a broad spectrum condemnation of the "pool industry".........

dont get me wrong, what happened is horrible, but when all the facts come to light, i suspect that you will find there was broken/missing parts/pieces that will be to blame....and that my friend, makes it the pool owners responsibility !

i just installed a missing screw from a pool drain the other day, i had to grip the drain with channel locks in order to hold myself under long enough to place the missing screw, with two 5hp pumps running the whole time (total 4 drains) ....i never once felt a suction from the drain......

hopefully we'll get the rest of the facts and find the real cause of the accident....i hope the little girl recovers as well as possible........

oohh, the reason i was putting in a screw was that the pool failed inspection because it was missing one of four screws.....very tight standards on the inspection process these days.....

i can remember swimming in pools as a kid with the old style (oversize bath tub drain style drains)....those things could suck the color right out of a person...

new rules say that there is two drains for each pump, and like i said above the new drains have a "sump" design to them....no way it could happen in a new pool...........
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