As told by Will Aherne
** Special Note: We at SWBP feel it very important to share Will's story, as it is a vivid reminder of how quickly a perfect day spent with family can turn into tragedy. His children saved his life, but others may not be so fortunate. Please take time to read this story and share with family and friends. LIVES WILL BE SAVED!
July 23, 2015
I am 48 years old and live in Annapolis, MD. I am fit, have been swimming since I was 1 year old, former Duke lacrosse player, etc. Last Thursday I played a game with my daughters (14, 13, 11 & 9, all water polo players and competitive swimmers) we often play (usually by ourselves with no one around)... how many lengths can we do in the neighbor's 40' long pool. I had just come back from a run. My record (to that point) was 8 lengths. I did what I have always done; hyperventilate then go. My next memory after turning for my 6th length was seeing the ceiling of an ambulance. All the stars lined up in my favor that day. The neighbor (60 years old) and his son were home and by the pool. My 11 year old and 9 year old daughters are very strong swimmers and were able to pull their 200 lb father up from the bottom. The neighbor and his son both know CPR. I had no pulse and wasn't breathing. They revived me in a couple of minutes and I walked out of the ICU the next night.
The trauma is not mine but that 3 of my 4 daughters, my wife and my neighbors had to see me puffy faced and purple and essentially dead.