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Got some bad news today from my youngest brother. Him, his wife and two young sons went to Lapland yesterday to see Santa Claus. His youngest son, Lucas aged 6, fell into a swimming pool (deep end) and had to be given CPR by a doctor who happened to be staying in the hotel. He was taken by ambulance with flashing blue lights to the nearest hospital where he was later transferred to Helsinki hospital ICCU with suspected pneumonia. Luckily, he’s pulled through and is now out of danger. However, they’re keeping him in hospital for now as they’re not happy with his bloods. Just needed someone to share this terrible news with.

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Hi Sheila ... alarming for you to hear of the accident ..
Hoping Lucas will soon be fully fit again.
... xxx

11 Dec, 2011

 

wow Sheilar,you just dont know what is round the corner do you ?..what a horrible time for your family...thank goodness he is over the worst & i hope he gets better by Christmas .. lucky the doctor was there at the time.. sending you my best wishes for Lucas..

11 Dec, 2011

 

Hope Lucas is well very soon..

11 Dec, 2011

 

Sorry to hear about your nephew Sheilar, I hope he will make a quick recovery very soon. Please keep us posted!

11 Dec, 2011

 

Oh,Sheilar..I am so sorry..an exciting adventure gone so horribly wrong..it is heartbreaking for you all..and so far from home..My thoughts are with you and your family,and hope Lucas makes good progress..love and hugs, XX

11 Dec, 2011

 

Oh Sheila what a shock for you. I hope Lucas will be all right. Please let us know how he gets on ...

11 Dec, 2011

 

oh i am so sorry what a dreadful shock for you, glad he is over the worst and hope he will soon be better and home soon.

11 Dec, 2011

 

Thank you all for your support. I don't know the full circumstances, I just got a brief call from Greig (my brother) telling my husband to go onto Facebook immediately. Apparently his mobile battery was so low he just had to make a brief call. We thought it was going to be happy photos of them in Lapland, but it was to inform us of the accident. They are now 600 km away from their hotel, have no clothes with them and no phone battery. This was a surprise holiday for the two little boys and was going to be a holiday to remember and for this to happen (apparently they had only just got there) is just a nightmare.

11 Dec, 2011

 

so sorry to hear this,sending best wish,s and hope,poor wee man best wishs

11 Dec, 2011

 

What an awful situation,Sheilar..surely someone can help them ? ..I do hope so..please keep us informed..and hope things improve for them all soon..

11 Dec, 2011

 

Not what I was expecting to read, Sheilar ... how fortunate for the doctor to be there to give Lucas CPR ... would International Red Cross be able to help your brother and his family out in any way? ... Wishing them all well ...

11 Dec, 2011

 

What awful news Sheilar, hope things improve very soon x

11 Dec, 2011

 

Sheilar my heart goes out to you and especially your brother and his family, you must feel so helpless especially as they are so far away, thank goodness the little one is ok, hoping and praying little Lucas continues to make good progress and they all are able to come home soon....

11 Dec, 2011

 

oh so sorry Sheilar - I was really worried soon as I read fell in pool - I hope he pulls through to full health very soon - hope you're okay too xx :))))))

11 Dec, 2011

 

Thank you all very much for your concern. My brother works for a big advertising company in London (Saatchi & Saatchi) who have an office in Helsinki. His boss has told him if they've any problems, to contact their office there and they will help. He is fully insured, so everything moneywise should be OK. It's just the worry of it all. His wife is staying in the hospital room with Lucas and Greig and his other son (Ethan, 8) have been given a nearby room in the hospital, so they're on hand. Any developments, and I'll let you all know. Thank you all so much, my dear friends. X

11 Dec, 2011

 

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11 Dec, 2011

 

Well, that's one less thing to fret over, Sheilar ... thank goodness for worldwide companies ... :o)

11 Dec, 2011

 

That is good news Sheilar..for all of them..thanks for letting us know..X

11 Dec, 2011

 

Oh no Sheilar...what a horrible thing to happen. I do hope Lucas will be fighting fit again soon :))

11 Dec, 2011

 

Oh no what a shame! I do hope all goes well for the wee lad. Thoughts are with you Sheilar x

11 Dec, 2011

 

Very sorry to hear about that, should have been such a lovely treat and then an awful accident.
All the very best to all of you.

11 Dec, 2011

 

All best wishes to you and the family at this worrying time. x x

12 Dec, 2011

 

sending love and hugs to you and your family xxx

12 Dec, 2011

 

Oh my goodness what a frightening thing to happen, hope Lucas feels much better soon and is home in time for Santa xx

12 Dec, 2011

 

So sorry to hear this news Sheila, my best wishes to you all.

12 Dec, 2011

 

Oh my goodness. How terrifying. I am glad he is getting better. Luckily the Doctor was there.

I wish him the best of health.

12 Dec, 2011

 

Oh,my gosh,Sheilar.just read this(went to bed early so missed it)My thoughts are with you and your family.X

12 Dec, 2011

 

mine too sheilar x

12 Dec, 2011

 

My thoughts are with you and your family. XX

12 Dec, 2011

 

Once again everyone, thanks for you support. The latest update is that Lucas has been released from hospital (he's fine now) and both boys still want to see Santa, so they're staying until Wednesday (they should have been going home today). A happy outcome which could have had such a tragic ending. No doubt when they get home, I'll find out exactly what happened. Again, thank you all. Sheila X

12 Dec, 2011

 

Phew! Brilliant news Sheilar! :))

12 Dec, 2011

 

that is good news what a relief xxx

12 Dec, 2011

 

A happy ending then, after a dreadful fright for you all. I guess he will soon bounce back and be telling everyone all about it - it will be his parents and you who take a while to recover!

12 Dec, 2011

 

Excellent news, Sheilar ... hope they have a lovely time meeting Santa! ... :o)

12 Dec, 2011

 

I love a happy ending,Sheilar..so glad the little fella is ok
now..amazing how resilient they are ..and such a relief for you all..it will have been a worrying time for his brother too,and frightening as well..They both need the visit to Santa,to put it behind them..:o)

12 Dec, 2011

 

poor Lucus glad to hear all is ok now sheila, hope he enjoys santa, what a nightmare it must have been for them all. x

12 Dec, 2011

 

Hi Sheilar, Just read your terrible news Please send our good wishes to your family.so glad he is ok now, but what a shock :(

12 Dec, 2011

 

Great he is ok now xxx

12 Dec, 2011

 

So glad things are looking up now. Bet you can't wait to see the family.

13 Dec, 2011

 

Pleased Lucus is feeling better.

13 Dec, 2011

 

I hope Lucas has recovered now, and will be back home ready to enjoy Christmas with you.

13 Dec, 2011

 

Ah Sheilar just read this so sorry to hear that hope everything is OK now?

14 Dec, 2011

 

Gosh Sheilar! What a shock for you all! And what a relief that everything turned out fine, wasn't Lucas so lucky! You must have been beside yourself with worry, I expect they're all home now, I hope you're all doing ok! x

16 Dec, 2011

 

They're all back home now safe and sound and none the worse for their adventure!

16 Dec, 2011

 

Glad they are all ok :)))))))))

16 Dec, 2011

 

Hi Sheila ..
I'm so pleased to read they are all home and safe. :o)))

16 Dec, 2011

 

very relieved for you that it all ended happily :0)))

16 Dec, 2011

 

hi sheilar glad to hear your family are all back and alls well ,just loged on and read your blog.heres wishing every one a happy christmass.

18 Dec, 2011

 

Just to finish off this unhappy saga, I'll tell you the details as they were told to me.

All four of them (Greig, Jacquie, Ethan - aged 8 and Lucas - aged 6) were all swimming in the pool. Greig and Lucas had been down the water slide together but Lucas wanted to go down on his own. So Greig said OK and he would catch him at the bottom. He watched Lucas get out of the pool and was walking towards the slide. Ethan spoke to Greig and he turned round in the water to answer Ethan then seconds later continued to watch Lucas, except it was NOT Lucas he was watching, it was a different child. Lucas, in those few seconds when Greig's attention was not on him must have slipped into the deep end of the pool. Apparently a man had seen Lucas, thought he was swimming underwater, then suddenly realising he was in fact in serious trouble and was drowning, hauled him out immediately.

As the first aid team (or whatever they're called) could not find a pulse an English lady doctor gave him the 'kiss of life'. The rest you already know in the original blog above.

All of this was confirmed by CCTV and a full investigation was launched as the incident went on record as an A1 incident. There were two attendants on duty at the time, one was supervising a group of kids in the showers and the other one, having just completed his tour of the pool area, was returning to the CCTV room.

The 'goods news' in all this is that the hospital confirmed that Lucas' heart had NOT stopped, his pulse must have just been very faint that it wasn't felt.

My brother was so cut up about it all and kept blaming himself for the accident. I've just phoned him this afternoon and he slept through for the first time last night.

Thanks very much to all my friends on here who were, once again, very supportive. God bless you all.

Sheila

18 Dec, 2011

 

Oh Sheila, what a relief it's all over. It was nerve-wracking for you all....
I hope you all can enjoy Christmas now and that no more bad things will happen ...

18 Dec, 2011

 

Thanks for letting us know,Sheilar..as we were all concerned for your family,and wondered how it had happened..It seems like it wasn't really anyones fault,doesn't it ? just a very tragic accident that could so eesily happen to anyone with young children..He is a very lucky little boy,and thank goodness for the help at hand..
Hope your brother can try and put it to the back of his mind in the near future..X

18 Dec, 2011

 

Echo the above sentiments. Thank goodness!

18 Dec, 2011

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