There’s only way that family and friends can think to describe 21-month-old Landon Carrier-Michaud: a miracle baby.
The Halifax-area toddler slipped into a small, man-made fish pond at his grandparents’ house in Fall River on Wednesday and drowned.
“I got a call that he had drowned in the pond and he wasn’t breathing,” said Amanda Carrier, Landon’s mother.
“He was out in the yard with his grandfather, he turned around for a second, came out, didn’t see him, went to his toys and he wasn’t there,” said Kim Carrier, Landon’s grandmother.
The toddler was found in two feet of water. His grandfather, uncle and neighbours all worked to resuscitate the boy before the ambulance arrived.
Officials aren’t sure how long the toddler was submerged in the water, but his mother says she was told her son’s heart stopped for several minutes.
Once at the IWK Children’s Hospital, little Landon was placed in a coma, where doctors watched him carefully to see if there was any swelling or fluid around his brain.
When he came out of the coma on Friday afternoon, the toddler was fine.
“I’m ecstatic. I didn’t think we’d be going home this soon or if we’d be going home and he was going to be ok, if everything was going to be normal,” said Amanda Carrier as she packed up Landon’s hospital room. “The fact that he is, is amazing. It’s a miracle.”
In light of what happened to Landon, his family wants to remind everyone to pay extra attention to their little ones, because tragedy can strike with hardly any warning.
“Never take your eyes off them, even for a split second,” said Kim Carrier. “The pond is getting drained, it’s getting taken out and I’ll never take my eyes off him. I wasn’t home and I feel guilty but it can happen to anybody.”
“You have to watch your little ones. Even if you think, oh they’re just there, it takes seconds for something to happen,” added Amanda Carrier.