Boy, 6, moved to Atlanta rehab facility after near drowning

Boy, 6, moved to Atlanta rehab facility after near drowning (Image 1)

A 6-year-old White House boy who nearly drowned while swimming at day camp is now at a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta.

Michael Sloan was transferred from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite on Friday.

He has been hospitalized since July 11 after he was found unresponsive at the bottom of a private pool in Goodlettsville.

Michael and several friends participating in a Tae Kwon Do afterschool program were swimming in the pool at the time.

Several adults were present and performed CPR on Michael before he was transported to Vanderbilt.

His prognosis is still up in the air but his family is optimistic.

“They pretty much told us that he would never even open his eyes,” Michael’s father PJ Sloan told News 2 Monday. “He’s never been one to listen to people. He is now opening his eyes, he’s moving and on Sunday morning he was actually laughing,”

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite specializes in caring for young patients with brain injuries and Michael will rehab twice a day, seven days a week.

It’s unclear how long Michael will stay in Atlanta but it’s likely to be quite a while.

Sloan said his wife, a nursing assistant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will likely have to quit her job so she can stay with Michael in Atlanta while PJ is staying behind to care for their daughter Katelyn.

“We’re basically going to live as a split family with a five hour drive in between us,” he said.

Sloan said he and his wife plan to meet with their son’s doctors on Wednesday and should know more about his prognosis then.

The family has health insurance but a GoFundMe account has been set up to help them with travel expenses and medical costs that insurance doesn’t cover.

More than $10,000 has been raised so far.

Sloan told News 2 his son knew how to swim and did so every week. It is not known exactly what happened in the pool to cause him to go under water.

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