Toddler fighting for his life after falling into pool
THE family of a toddler who fell into a pool of water was keeping a bedside vigil last night as the child fought for his life.
Little Pakie Delaney was in a critical but stable condition at University Hospital in Galway after the tragic accident close to his home, just outside the city.
Pakie, who is just 20 months old, apparently wandered away from his family's trailer at a temporary halting site at Carrowbrowne and fell into the pool of water on Sunday afternoon.
The water had collected after work had been carried out to fill in a drain close to the area where a small number of Traveller families were living, just off the Galway to Headford road.
The trailers at the site have a steel protective barrier surrounding them but it appears that Pakie may have slipped away to visit his grandmother's trailer, which is parked outside the temporary site. The alarm was raised when the toddler was spotted face down in the pool. Family members pulled him from the water and began frantic efforts to revive him.
His uncle, John Paul Delaney, said they managed to place the toddler on to the back of a truck and then used CPR, which partially revived him.
Mr Delaney said: "The poor child was like a block of ice when he came out of the water. It was terrible. He had blue lips and a swollen belly.
"It was an awful shock to everybody. He is an only child and everyone is devastated at what has happened. We are all thinking of the little lad and his family." Pakie's family rushed him in a van to the hospital, about five miles away, where he received emergency medical attention. He was being cared for at the hospital's intensive-care unit last night. Margaret O'Riada of the Galway Traveller Support Group said everybody's thoughts were with the Delaney family.