you don't think that could REALLY happen... do you?6-year-old hospitalized after pool drain tears out part of intestines
MINNEAPOLIS - A 6-year-old girl who sat over an open drain hole in a wading pool and had part of her intestinal tract torn out by the drain's powerful suction remained hospitalized in intensive care Thursday.
Abigail Taylor was injured June 29 at the Minneapolis Golf Club, according to an Internet posting by her family.
Her father, Scott Taylor, told WCCO-TV that the suction caused a 2-inch tear in Abigail's rectum and pulled out much of her small intestine. Doctors had to remove the part of her intestines that remained, the family's lawyer, Bob Bennett, said.
While Abigail remained in intensive care at Children's Hospital, she appeared to be doing better, Bennett said. Her family has requested that all information be released through Bennett, the hospital said.
Abigail was to undergo surgery on Friday to have a port implanted through which she'll be fed, Bennett said.
"She'll receive her nutrition through a port for the rest of her life," he said.
Bennett said that the swimming pool's drain hole was improperly uncovered.
However, the golf club's general manager told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he didn't think anything was wrong with the pool. He referred questions to the attorney for the club's insurance company, who declined to comment.
Several states have passed pool-safety laws after children drowned or were disemboweled by drain suction. North Carolina, for instance, requires pools to have dual drains to diffuse the force of the suction and prevent children from being trapped.