Mallory’s Story

By Emily Foreman

In HD Videos, Kids

June 24, 2012

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It was about 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2007. Emily Foreman had just put her 13-month-old twins in the bathtub. She turned on the water and plugged the drain. Then she remembered she had pork chops on the stove that she needed to turn over.

“Figured I could leave to go into the kitchen to check on the dinner,” she says. “When I came back from going to the kitchen, I found Mallory, my little girl, floating face up.”

Emily started rescue breathing, then chest compressions. Then the first responders arrived.

“Words can’t describe what you’re feeling at that moment. Horror, disgust—all of the emotions,” Foreman says. “It forever changed us as a family. Everything was perfect until then.”

Because of Mallory’s death, Foreman became involved in Infant Swimming Resource, a 46-year-old program that aims to prevent pediatric drowning through instruction to children as young as 6 months. CrossFit Kids has partnered with the program.

“My goal in all this is to help other people,” Foreman says, “so that they don’t have to go through the sorrow that me and my family had to go through.”

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Additional reading: Not One More Child Drowns: Infant Swimming Resource by Marla Carnes, published Aug. 29, 2011.

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3 Comments on “Mallory’s Story”


wrote …

Thank you for sharing your story! Sorry for your loss. I couldn't imagine the feeling.


wrote …

Sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby. Thanks for being strong enough to carry on and share your story. You're a powerful, special woman. CrossFit is lucky to have you.


wrote …

I have an inner fear of my children and drowning... but work with them almost every weekend at swimming. We have had our children in swimming lessons for a few years now... they are 5&6 now. I NEED to know that they are safe... I can't imagine how something like this would tear everyone apart in so many ways. So many issues and emotions, etc. Eevery time I read something like this it stirs up emotions and makes me reinforce the improtance of swimming/ water safety. I liked the quote that FIRST you need to make the water safe... after that it can be fun for the child... before that.... water is not a fun place for a child because they are not safe.
My heart goes out to this woman and this family. It's also very heroic for her to bear her tragdy in the vein of selfless assistance to others.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Anton Gross

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