Springfield police say it can confirm the boy passed. He was flown to a Portland hospital on Friday after being pulled from the Splash! at Lively Park pool.
Willamalane says a lifeguard noticed the boy was having trouble and got him out of the water and started CPR. The boy’s nurse, who was at the pool with him, also helped give him CPR. Willamalane says he was alive when he left the pool and was then taken to the hospital.
Willamalane’s manager says the nurse told him the boy suffered from some cardiac problems and seizures.
It’s unclear whether the boy suffered from a medical problem or if this was water related.
SPD says because a child has died, it will conduct an investigation into what happened. The medical examiner will also conduct its own investigation.
Willamalane released this statement to KEZI 9 News:
“We are saddened by the passing of the 12-year-old boy who suffered a medical emergency at Splash at Lively Park. Our hearts and thoughts and deepest sympathy is with the family and loved ones at this difficult time. Our lifeguards responded immediately and undertook life-saving measures to resuscitate the boy before Springfield Fire and Life Safety arrived. We will continue to examine this incident closely and cooperate with local authorities.”
Willamalane told KEZI it will conduct an internal investigation.