Mother speaks out after 5-year-old nearly drowns in pool surrounded by adults

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INDIANA (GMA/ABC News) – Experts say drowning almost never looks the way you’d expect it to.

An Indiana mom wants others to be aware of this after her son almost drowned in a pool full of adults.

Five-year-old Adam Leeson is lucky to be alive this morning after nearly dying from drowning in a pool.

“It was the absolute worst moment of my entire life. I was just screaming, uncontrollable screaming.”

His mother Maribeth says she thought Adam was safe in the shallow end surrounded by other adults.

She admits she looked away while helping her 3-year-old daughter put on her swimsuit and that’s when Adam slipped into the deep end.

“I never thought one of my kids would drown in a pool full of people.”

But Maribeth says the poolgoers were unaware of the emergency because Adam did not appear to be in distress.

“He didn’t look like he was drowning. No one noticed it because he looked like he had just went underwater and he was holding his breath. Had anyone seen him splashing his arms around of course they would have been saying hey help him.”

Fortunately, family friend Kristin moon knew CPR, sprang to action and saved his life.

“I don’t know how many rounds of CPR I did. I know at one point, god was telling me, he’s going to come back, just keep doing it.”

“Kristin kept working CPR and then his eyes fluttered and when his eyes fluttered, she said she could feel his pulse.”

Safety experts say drowning isn’t like what you see in the movies.

In this simulation a trained lifeguard demonstrates what real drowning looks like struggling to keep your head above water and barely making a sound.

She then simulates losing consciousness.

On the surface it might be mistaken for someone holding their breath.

As for this mother she says she’s sharing the trauma in hopes of warning others.

“Don’t let kids get in the pool until you’re getting in as well. Just because there are other people there doesn’t mean it can’t happen so be hyper vigilant.”

If you think somebody must be watching your child, chances are nobody is watching.

Have a designated “water watcher” to scan the water free of distractions.

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(This story was originally published on July 29, 2019)

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