Despite the tragic tales of loss, precautionary measures and watchful eyes, children still drown. Even the most responsible of parents looking away at just the wrong moment can create a lifetime of heartbreak.
Demi Schroeder of Texas lost one of her sons this month and nearly lost both. The family had already been experiencing loss, as Schroeder’s grandfather had passed away, which is why she and her 2-and-a-half-year-old twins Noah and Levi were visiting her grandma in Cedar Creek, Texas.
“I wake up Saturday morning,” she told CBS Austin. “Early in the morning and they’re not in the room.”
“All of a sudden, I hear my Nanny say they’re in the pool back here and I run from the front yard to the back yard and my grandma is pulling my kids out of the pool.”
They immediately called 911, and as soon as they arrived the first responders started performing CPR. “They go split up and they start doing CPR on my babies,” Schroeder said, through tears.
Deputies managed to get a slight response from Levi while still at the family home. “He got a pulse and a heartbeat back at the house,” the mother explained, adding that she thinks Levi must have gone into the water second since he’s the one they managed to revive.
Noah wasn’t responding. “They ask me what they need from me and I said I need you to sing for him, so we all sing his favorite song and he had a little heartbeat,” she said. “I think that was the last time his heart beat on its own.”
Sadly, Noah did not make it. The only good to come out of his heartbreaking story is that his organs were able to be donated to five individuals. According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, the funeral will be held on March 2.
“Services for Noah David Schroeder will be Saturday March 2,2019 at 1pm in the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral home, 2620 S.Congress Ave. Austin,” the page reads. “Interment will follow at the Haynie Chapel Cemetery.”
“We are planning on having visitation on Wednesday February 27,2019 at Weed-Corley-Fish from 6pm to 8pm but may change. Will keep you informed.”
For now, Levi is holding up. His progress has been slow, but he’s breathing on his own.
“He’s opening his eyes and he’s so groggy from medication,” Schroeder told CBS. “Right now, we’re just fighting for Levi and that’s all we’re worried about is him.”
A page has also been set up for Levi so that people can follow his progress. The most recent update was positive, though it’s clear there’s a long road ahead of the young boy.
“Update day 9,” the post from Feb. 24 reads. “So Levi is now settled in on the Rehabilitation floor. This is where he and his mom will learn to do daily activities and speak.”
“As of right now they are still trying to control the neuro storms so they are wanting to keep his stimulation down as much as possible. I was able to lay down with him and comfort him through a few neuro storms. To me it felt like he knew I was there and noticed him relax and sleep inbeteeen the storms but it could just be NaNa’s wishful thinking?. Fight!! Levi!! Fight!!!”
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