Marla Carnes is mother to a son who died of drowning in March 2007. CrossFit Kids is teaming up with the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), which seeks to protect children against drowning through preparedness training.
In Part 2, Carnes shares more of her story about the drowning of her son. At the emergency room she was allowed to see her son.
“Hope goes through the roof,” she recalls.
However, her son was hooked up to machines and still wasn’t breathing on his own. For nine days she stayed with him as he struggled to survive. But when Sterling didn't improve, the doctors asked the family to make a decision.
“How can I decide to take my child off of life support?” she asked. “When should you let your child die? That’s not something that a mom should have to decide.”
The alternative was a vegetative state.
“That would be the worst thing that I could ever do to my son,” she says. “My son was so full of life and so happy, and he loved to laugh and play and to be a kid and to be free.”
Carnes knows her son’s tragedy could have been avoided: “I know 100 percent without a shadow of a doubt my son would be here today if he had had those ISR classes.”
Part 3 will be released on Aug. 31.
CrossFit Kids supports ISR’s mission that “not one more child drowns.” To find out more, visit www.isrcrossfitkids.com.
Participate in Fight Gone Bad 6 on Sept. 17, 2011, to support the ISR initiative. Sign up for the fundraiser at Sportsgrants.org/fgb6/isr and make a donation by texting “FGB6” to 57682. From outside the U.S., text “FGB6” to 4246751014. The minimum donation is $10 and standard text-message rates apply.
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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 136 by Justin Judkins, published Sept. 8, 2010.