White House boy, 6, fights for life after near drowning - WKRN News 2

White House boy, 6, fights for life after near drowning

Posted: Updated: Jul 15, 2014 10:16 PM
Michael Sloan, 6, nearly drowned while swimming at summer camp on July 11. (Courtesy: Facebook.com) Michael Sloan, 6, nearly drowned while swimming at summer camp on July 11. (Courtesy: Facebook.com)
Michael is hospitalized at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Michael is hospitalized at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
PJ Sloan says his son Michael is a strong fighter. PJ Sloan says his son Michael is a strong fighter.
6-year-old Michael with his father, JP Sloan (Courtesy: Facebook.com) 6-year-old Michael with his father, JP Sloan (Courtesy: Facebook.com)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Robertson County first grader is struggling to recover Tuesday night after a swimming pool accident four days ago in Goodlettsville.

Six-year-old Michael Sloan was found at the bottom of a private pool at a day camp with five or more adults present.

Somehow, the child went under and became unconscious in the shallow end of the pool.

CPR was administered and he was rushed to the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt where Michael’s prognosis remains up in the air.

He remains unconscious and doctors are not optimistic for a full recovery.

His father, PJ Sloan, told News 2 that his son is a strong fighter.

“[The doctors] are less optimistic I am,” he said. “They don’t know my son like I do. He doesn’t give up. He is going to beat this.”

Sloan said Michael is a sports fan who loves the Nashville Predators and is already a die-hard Vanderbilt fan at the age of six, dying his hair black and gold for every game.

Michael is a good athlete, already competing and winning trophies in Tae Kwon Do.

Sloan said his son is also a good swimmer, which is what makes the swimming pool incident on July 11 such a mystery.

No one saw exactly what happened.

Goodlettsville police are still investigating, but have classified the incident as a tragic accident.

“He’ll pull through somehow. I have to hope the doctors are wrong,” Michael’s father added.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with medical expenses. So far more than $3,500 has been raised.

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