Boy, 7, hospitalized after nearly drowning

Father immediately performed CPR after finding son

By: Jonathan Shead | Novi Note | Published August 30, 2021

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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CPR given by a father helped his 7-year-old boy after he was found unresponsive in a pond in the 50000 block of Nine Mile Road during the afternoon Aug. 26. 

After further investigation, the Novi Police Department has determined that the incident was an accident. 

“Our investigation indicates that it was unfortunately 100% an accident,” Novi Police Department Detective Shawn Penzak said. “There’s no sign of any foul play.” 

City police officers and firefighters responded to the scene between Garfield and Napier roads after receiving the emergency call at approximately 4:42 p.m. and instantly took over providing emergency medical services to the boy, who was transported to Ascension Providence Hospital in Novi for evaluation and treatment. 

The child was then airlifted to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for further treatment, where, as of Aug. 30, he was in critical condition. 

The father’s knowledge of, and ability to give, CPR could be what gave his son a fighting chance, Penzak said. 

“That’s the key. To have any chance at any type of lifesaving situation, seconds count, not just minutes. That the father was able to start CPR, and then officers and paramedics arrived on scene and were able to continue it, that gives us the best chance to have a positive outcome,” he said. “It’s all timing. The fact that they found him as quickly as they did gave him at least a chance.”

Penzak hopes the incident serves as a reminder to residents to have family members of all ages trained in CPR.

“You never know when an incident may come up where you may have to spring into action, whether it’s your own family member or another,” he added. “It's a very important lifesaving skill.” 

For more information, contact the Novi Police Department at (248) 348-7100.

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