IMAGE: Two toddlers nearly drowned in a dark backyard pool – mystery of how the babies came along the fence with their childhood home all the time
- Destiny, 23 months old, and Osmond, 2, were found floating in the backyard pool
- The toddlers had gone to the fenced pool in Casula
- Grandfather, Awi Achrafe, said the whole family was at home at the time
- The boy and girl remain in critical condition at Westmead Hospital
Two toddlers nearly drowned in a backyard pool after mysteriously driving past a closed gate are still recovering in the hospital.
Osman, 2, and Destiny Achrafe, 23 months old, were found unconscious on Saturday afternoon in the pool near a house in Casula, southwest Sydney.
Paramedics desperately performed CPR on the boy and girl, who were then rushed to the Children’s Hospital in Westmead in critical circumstances.
Osman’s mother Xena Al-Achrafe said the little boy was still in the hospital on Sunday morning and she wasn’t sure when he could come home.
Osman Achrafe, 2, pictured with his mother Xena, nearly drowned with his younger cousin in a backyard pool
Osman, 2, and Destiny Achrafe, 23 months (pictured together) were found unconscious in the pool near a house in Casula, southwest Sydney
She said how the children managed to get into a fenced pool with a closed gate while their family was at home is still a mystery.
The two families are very close and celebrated the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr in May and the fifth birthday of Osman’s older sister last month.
Family photos show that they celebrate the holidays with an extended family and are encouraged by parents and aunts and uncles.
Destiny was given a blanket with her name on it when she was born in August 2018, and Osman wore a hat bearing his name as a newborn.
“On this day God blessed me with a prince,” Achrafe wrote last year to celebrate Osman’s first birthday.
They were found floating on the surface of the pool (pictured) at a house in Casula
Destiny (photo with her older brother) and her cousin were rushed to Westmead Children’s Hospital in critical circumstances
Osman with his father Ahmad. The close family has the Lebanese heritage and Osman’s grandfather emigrated to Australia from there
The toddlers’ grandfather, Awi Achrafe, said he had no idea how the ‘beautiful’ babies could have made their way to the pool.
Achrafe said that the whole family was home at the time and neither toddler could swim.
“The pool is fenced and has a gate, the (children) could not open it,” he said The Sunday Telegraph.
“I don’t understand how it could have happened. They cannot swim, they are only young. ‘
Achrafe said that he visited the family, who had lived in Lakewood Crescent’s house for three years, every day.
“They always smile and play. I pray for them, ”he said.
Osman was wearing a hat with his newborn name. “On this day, God blessed me with a prince,” Achrafe wrote last year to celebrate his first birthday
Destiny was given a blanket with her name on it when she was born in August 2018
NSW ambulance inspector Gavin Wood emphasized the importance of CPR performed by the police.
‘The (children) both had cardiac arrest and did not respond. It was an incredibly traumatic and chaotic scene, ”said Insp Wood.
“The response time from the police was eight minutes after the first call, and they managed to perform effective CPR – without us having any completely different results.
“Both (children) will remain in intensive care, but at the moment we are hopeful.”
Police desperately performed CPR on the boy and girl after they were found in the pool of their childhood home (photo) and rushed to Children’s Hospital in Westmead