ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A two-year-old died after a drowning-incident at a neighborhood pool in Round Rock last month, the family confirmed.
Jax Vernon Calcote was originally taken to a hospital when paramedics were able to regain a pulse, but died on Monday, June 29, lovingly surrounded by his parents, Jason and Anna Calcote and extended family.
Calcote’s uncle, Bernie Calcote, said the child donated his organs “so that other kids may be able to live life a little longer.”
“Sometimes accidents happen and it’s nobody’s fault. It’s not always preventable. You can take every pre-caution but kids are kids and they are curious and little Jax was as adventurous as they come.”Bernie Calcote
“Anyone that knows Jason and Anna know they are the most loving and thoughtful parents. These two are a light in this community and need all the love and support they can get right now. All they have done since leaving the hospital, through their tears, is thank the Pflugerville Police Department, EMS first responders, amazing staff at Dell Children’s, and cling to their faith that God has a plan for good in the face of this unspeakable tragedy. ” Calcote said.
Mario Ferrini was taking his daughter to the local pool when he heard the family calling for help. His wife, Kimberly, explained the moment.
“It was really horrifying and traumatizing,” Ferrini said. “My husband heard someone scream and turned around to see them jumping in the pool to drag him out and perform CPR on him.”
First responders transported the child to a local hospital where he regained his pulse.
PS Property Management Company, the Homeowners Association responsible for the pool, told KXAN they will be reviewing video footage in their own investigation before they make a comment.
At the time of the incident, experts told KXAN there have been 59 drownings so far this year in Texas. Kids under five years old are at the greatest risk; they say parents will often lose sight of their little ones.
“Drowning is fast. Drowning is silent. Drowning is preventable,” said Alissa Magrum, the executive director for Colin’s Hope, a non-profit that educates families on the importance of water safety. “If someone weren’t watching and their eyes weren’t on that child to see them fall in, they will be at the bottom very quickly.
Magrum said that many people feel immune to the threat of drowning, which is why it is important to keep the conversation top-of-mind. Magrum estimates there are five non-fatal drownings, a term for when a drowning occurs but the victim survives, for every single drowning.
“Just because it’s your trusted pool, doesn’t mean you let your guard down,” Magrum said. “It’s fun and we want it to be fun! But it’s also inherently dangerous.”
Magrum suggests appointing a water guardian to watch over kids in the water at all times. Adults can use a bracelet or a hair tie to remember who is on duty. When your turn is up, pass the bracelet to the next guardian for their shift.
NOTE: A previous version of this story said the drowning occurred in Pflugerville. The pool in question has a Round Rock address. However, it is within Pflugerville police’s jurisdiction and Pflugerville ISD limits. The neighborhood is also in Travis County.