White House boy says 1st word after near drowning

Event raises $17K for White House boy who nearly drowned (Image 4)

A White House boy who nearly drowned in a pool at summer camp last month has spoken his first word since the incident.

Those close to six-year-old Michael Sloan told News 2 his condition continues to improve. He is now in a semi-conscious state and said the word “ow” on Tuesday.

Michael is currently at a rehab facility in Atlanta. He was transferred there after treatment at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of Michael Sloan

Michael was found unconscious at the bottom of a private pool in Goodlettsville on July 11. He was found in the shallow end and it’s unclear what happened.

A fundraiser for the family is planned for August 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Goodlettsville on Main Street in Goodlettsville.

All proceeds will help pay for modifications to the family’s house and a van for Michael when he returns home.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help with medical expenses.

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