June 21, 2018
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Farmingdale toddler dies two weeks after pool accident

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A 2-year-old Farmingdale boy found unresponsive in his family’s swimming pool on June 13 died Friday at Maine Medical Center.

On Saturday, alongside a photograph of plaster footprints and the date of her son’s death, Karla Campbell, wrote on her Facebook page, “I love Cody so much. He’s i[n] heaven looking down on us. He will always be in my heart. He is the perfect little boy. He sang Jesus loves me a couple weeks ago. It touched my heart in so many ways. Cody I love you now and forever!!!”

On June 13, Campbell was found facedown and unresponsive in his family’s Northern Avenue pool by Karla Campbell, who was home with Cody, her two other children and two of their friends when the incident happened, according to a Kennebec County press release.

Karla Campbell dove into the pool and tried unsuccessfully to revive her son, the release said. He had no heartbeat and was not breathing when paramedics arrived, Sgt. Frank Hatch of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ambulance crews worked on the toddler and at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday took him to MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta. He was then flown by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center, where staff put him on a ventilator, Hatch said.

On June 14, the boy started breathing on his own, and two days later he was upgraded from critical condition to fair condition, a nursing supervisor told the Bangor Daily News.

But on June 24, Campbell wrote, her son’s condition had worsened and he was back in the intensive care unit.

BDN staff reporters Nok-Noi Ricker and Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.

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