Saturday 24 February 2018

'An appalling tragedy' - Community's grief after Michaela (9) dies in tragic incident at swimming pool

'We'll keep Michaela's family in our thoughts and prayers at this awful moment'

Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin Picture: Damien Eagers
Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin Picture: Damien Eagers

Robin Schiller

A young child has died following a tragic incident at a swimming pool in Dublin.

The nine-year-old girl - named locally as Michaela Gonda - was at the Community School Sports Complex, Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin, when she fell ill.

It is understood the centre's manager dived into the pool immediately after being alerted to the incident.

The quick-thinking worker attempted to resuscitate the young child as emergency services were called.

Gardaí are treating the incident as a sudden death, while a Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman confirmed that three units, including an ambulance and an advanced paramedic van, were dispatched to the scene shortly after 7pm yesterday.

The child was transferred to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

But she was pronounced dead a short time later.

It is understood the young girl had underlying health issues, and it is thought she may have suffered a heart attack.

Local Labour councillor Mick Duff, who is on the school's board of management, described the sudden death as an "appalling tragedy" and expressed his sympathies to the young girl's family.

"I just want to extend, on behalf of the board of management and the people of Tallaght, my sincerest sympathies to the family.

"We'll keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this awful moment, and my thoughts are also with the staff members who will be very, very badly affected by this. It is an appalling tragedy."

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Charlie O'Connor also expressed his condolences to the young girl's family.

"It was very upsetting to hear of the death of this young girl, and of course this will cause great upset to those who knew her and her family," he told the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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