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Signal Mtn. teen in ICU after diving into shallow pool

16-year-old David Anderson was injured while attempting to dive into a pool Sunday. (family photo) 16-year-old David Anderson was injured while attempting to dive into a pool Sunday. (family photo)
(family photo) (family photo)

By Callie Starnes

Eyewitness News Reporter

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Eyewitness News is learning more about the story reported first over the weekend.

A Signal Mountain Middle-High School student was hospitalized, after diving head first into a shallow pool.

A rising star on the baseball field, 16 year-old David Anderson has his whole life ahead of him.

Sunday he came close to loosing it all.

"He did like a squirrel dive," said David's friend, Kari Sivley, "so he was holding both his feet back."

Kari Sivley and Jackson Cooper watched as David dove from a trampoline into the Silvery family's above ground pool.

"He didn't come up," said Sivley, "but we just thought he was joking."

Jackson pulled his friend from the water.

"He was like the color blue," said Sivley, "and he was unconscious and in a shocked position."

Kari's mom, Kathy Sivley was at home when the accident happened. Kari ran inside to tell her mom what happened.

"We've got to get him out of the water, we've got to get him safe, we've got to get him medical attention," said Kathy, replaying what went through her mind. "We did everything we could as quickly as we could."

In a matter of minutes first responders were on the scene.

They air-lifted David to Erlanger Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to repair his spine.

"He couldn't talk because he had a tube down his throat but he was mouthing words," said Jackson Cooper, "we were trying to understand what he was saying, it was hard."

Friends say feeling returned to parts of David's upper body on Monday, but he is still in intensive care.

"He doesn't stop," said Kari Sivley, "so if something happens that's going to hinder that it's going to kill him, but I know that's not going to happen."

Monday classmates left messages of hope and support on David's Facebook page.

They serve as reminders of how precious life is, and how a seemingly small risk can have a big impact.

"This kind of thing is never going to happen again," said Kathy Sivley, "we will probably get rid of the trampoline completely."

 

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