Granger Smith’s Wife Amber Speaks Out About Son’s Drowning Accident

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It’s been a couple of months since the country music community learned of the heartbreaking news that the youngest son of Granger Smith and wife Amber had died in a drowning accident at the family’s home. Since then, Granger and Amber have been open and honest about their grief, as well as their new normal. 

But in a new post on her Instagram page, Amber speaks specifically about the tragic way that River passed and offers some encouragement to parents. 

“We haven’t spoken much on drowning since the accident,” she started, alongside a photo of her and husband Granger holding their son’s hand.

“We have focused more on loving those around you and living life the best you can while we are here on Earth. My heart is pulling me to speak now.”

Amber explains that she wasn’t educated on drowning, but that it is the major cause of death for children one to four. River was two at the time. “For one, I wasn’t educated on drowning and how it’s the number one cause of death for children 1-4 years old. And statistically, more little boys drown than girls.”

She goes on to say, “Statistically, more little boys drown than girls. Most drownings happen during NON-SWIM TIMES, when little kids aren’t supposed to be around the pool, but somehow sneak away undetected (which means they are typically fully clothed, diaper and all, adding weight to their bodies). It takes under 30 seconds for a child to drown. It is QUICK and SILENT. We’ve read as quick as 6 seconds. Brain damage can occur from lack of oxygen in as little as 4 minutes, if you don’t get the heartbeat and breathing back from CPR.”

She goes on to share personal details about their incident. “In our case, we were on the phone with 911, doing CPR, for 10 minutes before they arrived,” she writes. “He was almost brain dead before we left for the hospital, even though they got the heartbeat back at about 12 minutes.”

Amber then offers some tips to help other parents prevent this tragedy from taking place in their homes: 

“***Infant survival classes – teaches them survival techniques, so they can possibly roll on their backs if they should fall in. ***Install a 4sided pool gate, with a lock. ***Get a second lock.

***Get a pool alarm. ***Don’t keep toys in the pool area, as kids are curious and may try to get in to reach toys. ***Learn CPR

***Enroll in swim lessons earlier ***Puddle jumpers lead to a false sense of security in the water.”

The broken-hearted mother finishes her post with the most important message to parents. She writes, “Remember that even with preparation, the unthinkable can happen. We aren’t always in control. Mostly, love your children like crazy. Be present with them. You never know what life will bring your way. This can happen to ANYONE – to good, loving, attentive parents. We thought we were prepared with lessons, pool gates and locks but it wasn’t enough. Thank you all for your continued prayers, love and support during this time. I hope we can help at least one person with this info. ❤️💔

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We haven’t spoken much on drowning since the accident. We have focused more on loving those around you and living life the best you can while we are here on Earth. My heart is pulling me to speak now. For one, I wasn’t educated on drowning and how it’s the number one cause of death for children 1-4 years old. And statistically, more little boys drown than girls. Most drownings happen during NON SWIM TIMES, when little kids aren’t supposed to be around the pool, but somehow sneak away undetected (which means they are typically fully clothed, diaper and all, adding weight to their bodies). It takes under 30 seconds for a child to drown. It is QUICK and SILENT. We’ve read as quick as 6 seconds. Brain damage can occur from lack of oxygen in as little as 4 minutes, if you don’t get the heartbeat and breathing back from CPR. In our case, we were on the phone with 911, doing CPR, for 10 minutes before they arrived. He was almost brain dead before we left for the hospital, even though they got the heartbeat back at about 12 minutes. I’ve had people reach out to me, moms, grandmothers, dads, asking what they can do to help prevent this. —— While we are still learning, here are some things we would recommend – ***Infant survival classes – teaches them survival techniques, so they can possibly roll on their backs if they should fall in. ***Install a 4sided pool gate, with a lock. ***Get a second lock. ***Get a pool alarm. ***Don’t keep toys in the pool area, as kids are curious and may try to get in to reach toys. ***Learn CPR ***Enroll in swim lessons earlier ***Puddle jumpers lead to a false sense of security in the water ———- Remember that even with preparation, the unthinkable can happen. We aren’t always in control. Mostly, love your children like crazy. Be present with them. You never know what life will bring your way. This can happen to ANYONE – to good, loving, attentive parents. We thought we were prepared with lessons, pool gates and locks but it wasn’t enough. Thank you all for your continued prayers, love and support during this time. I hope we can help at least one person with this info. ❤️💔

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Infant survival swimming classes, like the ones that Dee Jay Silver and wife Jenna enrolled son Wake are available around the country. The Infant Swim website has resources for parents interested in learning more.