Granger Smith & Wife Amber Share Emotional Video, Drowning Prevention Tips After Son's Death

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Granger Smith and Amber Smith visit Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas to present a donation in memory of their son, River Kelly Smith on June 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas. 

In an emotional update featuring home videos, Granger Smith and his wife Amber have updated followers on how their family is doing after the tragic death of their 3-year-old son, River.   

The country singer and his family uploaded a new video to YouTube, where they spoke openly about selling their house after River's drowning accident in a pool at their home earlier this summer.   

Talking to the camera from the family's playroom, Amber Smith said, "I think I've been in just like survival mode lately, where I've just been doing it and going and going and going and it hasn't really hit me. But today it's hitting me that we're leaving this house where we have so many memories of River and our family. This is really hard."

Granger Smith explained the family's decision to leave their home: "I absolutely loved our house, where we lived. Amber and I both thought that it was our house we would stay in for a long, long time. But after the accident with River, it changed the way we felt there. There was a lot of -- thousands of -- really good memories and one really bad one. We'd go back and forth because River loved those woods and those fields, and that was his land. But my number one priority is the well-being of the other two kids, and I don't think I was totally myself at the old house."   

  

They were able to sell the house quickly, he said, and their new home will still be in the country.  

"We're still trying to make the kids feel like they're most the important thing in the world, which they are to us. This move feels like the right thing to do," he said.

This week, Amber Smith also took to social media to speak about water safety and drowning prevention.

"I wasn’t educated on drowning and how it’s the number one cause of death for children 1-4 years old," she said. "And statistically, more little boys drown than girls. Most drownings happen during NON SWIM TIMES, when little kids aren’t supposed to be around the pool, but somehow sneak away undetected (which means they are typically fully clothed, diaper and all, adding weight to their bodies)."

She continued: "It takes under 30 seconds for a child to drown. It is QUICK and SILENT. We’ve read as quick as 6 seconds. Brain damage can occur from lack of oxygen in as little as 4 minutes, if you don’t get the heartbeat and breathing back from CPR. In our case, we were on the phone with 911, doing CPR, for 10 minutes before they arrived. He was almost brain dead before we left for the hospital, even though they got the heartbeat back at about 12 minutes."

"I’ve had people reach out to me, moms, grandmothers, dads, asking what they can do to help prevent this," she wrote. She then recommended learning CPR, enrolling in infant survival swimming classes, installing a four-sided pool gate with more than one lock, having a pool alarm and keeping toys out of the pool.

See the Smith family's latest updates below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We haven’t spoken much on drowning since the accident. We have focused more on loving those around you and living life the best you can while we are here on Earth. My heart is pulling me to speak now. For one, I wasn’t educated on drowning and how it’s the number one cause of death for children 1-4 years old. And statistically, more little boys drown than girls. Most drownings happen during NON SWIM TIMES, when little kids aren’t supposed to be around the pool, but somehow sneak away undetected (which means they are typically fully clothed, diaper and all, adding weight to their bodies). It takes under 30 seconds for a child to drown. It is QUICK and SILENT. We’ve read as quick as 6 seconds. Brain damage can occur from lack of oxygen in as little as 4 minutes, if you don’t get the heartbeat and breathing back from CPR. In our case, we were on the phone with 911, doing CPR, for 10 minutes before they arrived. He was almost brain dead before we left for the hospital, even though they got the heartbeat back at about 12 minutes. I’ve had people reach out to me, moms, grandmothers, dads, asking what they can do to help prevent this. —— While we are still learning, here are some things we would recommend - ***Infant survival classes - teaches them survival techniques, so they can possibly roll on their backs if they should fall in. ***Install a 4sided pool gate, with a lock. ***Get a second lock. ***Get a pool alarm. ***Don’t keep toys in the pool area, as kids are curious and may try to get in to reach toys. ***Learn CPR ***Enroll in swim lessons earlier ***Puddle jumpers lead to a false sense of security in the water ———- Remember that even with preparation, the unthinkable can happen. We aren’t always in control. Mostly, love your children like crazy. Be present with them. You never know what life will bring your way. This can happen to ANYONE - to good, loving, attentive parents. We thought we were prepared with lessons, pool gates and locks but it wasn’t enough. Thank you all for your continued prayers, love and support during this time. I hope we can help at least one person with this info. ❤️--#livelikeriv

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