Nayeli’s Story: Drowning Prevention

“I losnayelit my 15 month old daughter due to a drowning accident on August 18th, 2016. I will never forget that horrible day, as it re-plays in my head every day. Nayeli was still napping when my husband started getting ready for work. She must have heard him moving around and woke up. Ten minutes later, my four-month old daughter woke up. As I got ready to feed her, my husband left for work and Nayeli followed him out of the bedroom. As I sat there feeding my daughter, I heard Nayeli playing in the front room. I then heard my brother-in-law come inside from the back yard where he was grilling. He stepped out again and after that it was quiet, so I assumed Nayeli went outside with her uncle.

Within five-ten minutes, something told me to get up and check on her.  I got up and put my four-month old back in the crib. I walked to the back and asked if Nayeli was outside and her uncle told me she was not. I panicked and we came inside calling for her, I went to my mother-in-law’s room to see if she was in there, but she was not. I came around the corner and I saw her uncle pulling her out of the mop bucket. I ran over to them as he laid her down on the floor. I was in so much shock, that I just kept patting her chest and calling her name. I told her uncle to call 911. They then proceeded to guide him over the phone to do CPR, and he continued until EMT arrived. I called my husband to tell him what had happened. When EMT arrived, they continued CPR, picked her up and took her to the ambulance to try to resuscitate her. When we arrived to the hospital, they tried to help her for another 30 minutes. When the doctors came, they told us that they did all they could but they could not get her back. At that moment, I could not breathe, everything got dark and I did not know what to think. It all felt like a bad dream.

Every day I think that if I would have paid more attention, then I could have caught her in time before the accident. It eats me alive every single day. I am thankful for my four-month old daughter, she helps me cope, I stay strong for her and I know Nayeli would want us to be happy. My little girl is in a better place called heaven.”

Nayeli passed on August 18th, 2016 at only 1 years old. She will be loved and missed eternally.

This story was shared by Nayeli’s mother to help drive awareness for child safety and help save other children’s lives as way to honor the loving memory of precious Nayeli.

Buckets – Drowning Prevention

Children love water. When a child sees a bucket of water, it is an instant attraction. Unfortunately, toddlers are top-heavy. If a toddler reaches into a bucket to touch the water, it is very easy for the child to tip right in headfirst. The child will never get back out.

According to reports from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, anywhere from 10 to 40 children a year drown in buckets nationwide. 5-gallon buckets, often used for household chores, pose a serious threat to toddlers. Their tall, straight sides combined with their stability make it nearly impossible for top-heavy infants to free themselves when they topple in headfirst.


Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Child Safe:

  • NEVER leave a bucket of water in your house where small children can reach it. Even something as simple as answering the door or using the restroom can leave a window of time long enough to drown a child.
  • ELIMINATE all industrial, 5-gallon buckets from your household.
  • Keep in mind that any unattended container of water anywhere in the house is a potential drowning hazard for a young child.



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