Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) July 27, 2007 -- In Minneapolis, Abigail Taylor, 6 years old, was severely injured and hospitalized due to a horrific accident in a public swimming pool. While wading through the pool on June 29, Abigail happened to sit on an open drain, with a suction pump that was powerful enough to tear out some of her intestinal area.
Abigail's father, Scott Taylor was interviewed in the WCCO-TV and described that the suction pump tore out some 2 inches or 5 centimeters of Abigail's rectum. This tear caused the suction to pull out most of the girl's small intestines. The doctors needed to remove some other remaining part of Abigail's intestines, according to Bob Bennett, who was the Taylor's family lawyer.
Abigail was confined in the intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital during Thursday and appeared to be surviving the accident, Bennett reported.
Abigail underwent a recent surgery. Bennett declared that for the rest of the girl's life, she would have to receive the nutrition required by her body through a life support device.
According to Bennett, the drain hole of the swimming pool where Abigail was injured has been uncovered improperly.
Meanwhile, the club's general manager, supervising the swimming pools told some of the media that there seems to be nothing wrong with the swimming pool. He referred most of the questions to be directed to the club's insurance company attorney, who declined from giving any comment regarding the matter.
There are several states in the country, which have passed statutes concerning pool safety right after some accidents when children have been drowned or disemboweled by the pool's drain suction. In North Carolina, for example, there are state laws that require swimming pools to maintain dual drains in order to disseminate the force of the suction pumps they use. This is a precaution to avoid children from being trapped in the suctions.